Dan Burgess, Director
Dan Burgess was appointed as the Director of the Maine Governor’s Energy Office by Governor Janet Mills in March of 2019. Prior to his return to his home state of Maine, Burgess spent eight years working in leadership roles at the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources and the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs. Burgess has a business degree from the University of Maine and a Masters in Public Administration from Northeastern University. As Director, Burgess serves on the Board of the Efficiency Maine Trust, and also serves on the Board of the National Association of State Energy Officials.
Celina Cunningham, Deputy Director
Celina Cunningham serves as the Deputy Director of the Governor’s Energy Office in Maine. Before joining GEO, Celina most recently was Vice President/Chief of Staff at the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), where she worked on overarching strategies and policies. Before joining SEIA, Celina spent a decade in public service at the federal level handling energy and environmental issues, including at the U.S. Department of the Interior and as staff at the U.S. House of Representatives.
William Harwood, Senior Advisor for Regulatory Affairs
As Senior Advisor for Regulatory Affairs, Bill supports GEO’s work with State and Federal energy and utility regulatory agencies, represents GEO on working groups, and assists in policy development. Prior to GEO, Bill served as Senior Counsel at Verrill Dana. Over his four-decade legal career, he specialized in representing public utilities in cases before state and federal regulators in matters of rate-setting, management audits, merger approvals, and rulemaking proceedings.
Lisa J. Smith, Senior Planner
Lisa Smith has served as Senior Planner for the Maine Governor’s Energy Office since 2012. She has performed various roles for the office, including federal grant project management and administration; energy planning and policy analysis; facilitation of and participation in numerous advisory boards and working groups on energy issues such as heat pumps, electric vehicles, biomass, and delivered fuels; and monitoring legislative and regulatory activity. She also maintains the heating fuel price database and is the primary contact on delivered fuels issues. Lisa’s educational background is in energy and environmental science, policy and economics.
Ethan Tremblay, Energy Policy Analyst
Ethan Tremblay serves as an Energy Policy Analyst for the Governor's Energy Office, focusing on a variety of renewable energy policy initiatives. Before joining the office he worked in the private sector providing energy efficiency program administrators and utilities with program evaluation, customer analytics, and data management services. Ethan earned his Master of Science in Resource Economics and Policy from the University of Maine.
Stephanie Watson, Maine Offshore Wind Program Manager
Stephanie Watson serves as the Maine Offshore Wind Program Manager in the Governor’s Energy Office. Stephanie grew up on Mount Desert Island and earned graduate degrees in Ecology and Environmental Science and in Information Science and Engineering from the University of Maine. She has spent the last 20 years working in both the public and private sectors – focusing on coalition building projects on energy, data systems, economic development, and the environment along the U.S. Atlantic, Pacific, and Gulf of Mexico coasts.
Melissa Winne, Energy Policy Advisor
Melissa Winne currently serves the Maine Governor’s Energy Office as an Energy Policy Advisor, researching and advising on legislative and regulatory energy policies, and assisting on a variety of clean energy initiatives. Melissa previously served as Executive Director of the business and economic development nonprofit organization, the Environmental & Energy Technology Council of Maine (E2Tech), championing the energy, environmental, and cleantech sectors. She has engaged with numerous businesses, organizations, and individuals across Maine, as well as regional and national organizations, on economic development, cleantech innovation, energy policy, and public education.
Ross Anthony, Buildings and Efficiency Analyst
Ross Anthony serves as the Buildings and Energy Efficiency Analyst for the Maine Governor’s Energy Office. In his previous role, Ross was a consultant for energy industry projects for commercial, industrial, and residential energy efficiency and market assessments, demand side management, climate change mitigation, and energy savings potential at the state and federal level for public and private clients. Ross was born and raised in Evansville, IN and holds a BSc in economics from the University of Evansville (Evansville, IN) and a MSc in resource economics and policy from the University of Maine (Orono, ME).
Caroline Colan, Solar and Storage Fellow
Caroline Colan serves as the Solar and Storage Fellow for the Governor’s Energy Office. Prior to joining the office, she worked for Senator Angus King of Maine where she assisted and advised his work on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee and on energy and climate policy more broadly, drafted energy legislation, and engaged with Maine constituents on these topics. Caroline holds a bachelor’s degree in geography from Middlebury College.
Steven McDermott, Operations and Special Projects Administrator
Steven McDermott serves as Operations and Special Projects Administrator for the Governor's Energy Office. In this role, he will support GEO’s operational needs, including finance, grant management, and human resources, and assist other projects. Steven has over a decade of experience working for and partnering with Maine nonprofit and government agencies. Prior to GEO, Steven led a range of statewide initiatives that addressed Maine’s affordable housing challenges, including the implementation of Maine's first statewide recovery residence program, managing programs to shelter Maine people during the COVID-19 pandemic, and developing several supportive housing initiatives.
STATEMENT - The Governor’s Energy Office does not discriminate on the basis of physical or mental disability, race, color, creed, age, sex, sexual orientation, religion, ancestry, or national origin in admission to, access to, or operation of its services, programs, or activities*.
THE FOOTNOTE - *This notice is provided under Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (42 U.S.C. § 12131 et. seq), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 as amended (29 U.S.C. § 794), Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (42 U.S.C. §§ 1981, 2000d et. seq), the Age Discrimination Act as amended (42 U.S.C. § 6101 et. seq.), the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968, as amended (42 U.S.C. § 3789d), the Victims of Crime Act (42 U.S.C. § 10601 et. seq.), Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (20 U.S.C. § 1681 et. seq.) and the Maine Human Rights Act (5 M.R.S. § 4551, et seq.), and the regulations promulgated thereunder.
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