National Grid gets in Baker’s energy team.

Posted: January 13, 2015 in Uncategorized

Ron Gerwatowski, a former senior vice president for regulation and pricing at National Grid, will serve as assistant secretary for energy under Matthew Beaton, a former Republican state representative who is serving as secretary of the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs. The administration announced that Robert Hayden,  a former lobbyist for the region’s fossil fuel industry, and a senior executive at one of the state’s largest power companies will serve as commissioner of the Department of Public Utilities

Environmental advocates said they worried the new team would emphasize lower costs and the industry’s interests ahead of cutting the state’s reliance on coal and natural gas. “The administration is clearly putting the fox in charge of the chicken coop on energy policy,” said George Bachrach, president of the Environmental League of Massachusetts. “These are disappointing appointments that will likely represent the interests of the utilities and industries they regulate.”

So once again, vested interests get in a position of policy making!


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