Statement on Transition of Energy Director Woodcock

November 16, 2016

For Immediate Release: November 16, 2016
Contact: Adrienne Bennett, Press Secretary, 207-287-2531

AUGUSTA – Governor Paul R. LePage today announced the transition of the Director of the Governor’s Energy Office, Patrick Woodcock, from the position effective December 9, 2016.

“Patrick Woodcock has done an outstanding job, not just for the State of Maine, but also for the New England region,” said Governor LePage. “He has been at the forefront of discussions on how to lower energy for the Maine people and the people of New England. His expertise and his ability to communicate energy policy is unmatched. Although his departure is a sad day for our administration, we are proud of the job he has done for Maine, and we wish him well in his future endeavors.”

“It has been a privilege to work for a Governor who is passionate about improving New England's competitiveness and lowering energy costs for businesses in our region,” said Patrick Woodcock. “I appreciate the opportunity to have worked with many talented energy professionals on behalf of the State of Maine to reduce heating costs and address our regional energy infrastructure. I strongly believe that sensible policies could transform Maine and this region into the cleanest and one of the lowest energy cost regions in the country.”

Director Woodcock has held the position since January 2013 and previously worked for Senator Olympia Snowe in her Washington, DC office. During this period, the Administration secured dedicated resources to assist Mainers to convert to modern heating equipment, led a regional effort to expand energy infrastructure, and expanded natural gas distribution service in Maine to key employers, including the Sappi Somerset Mill in Skowhegan.