Yesterday, Governor LePage nominated Carlisle McLean of Cumberland, Maine, to serve as Commissioner of the Maine Public Utilities Commission to fill a vacancy created by the recent resignation of Thomas Welch.  If confirmed, Ms. McLean would fill the remaining two years of Welch’s six-year term.

Since 2013, Carlisle McLean has served as Chief Counsel and has previously served as General Counsel and Senior Natural Resources Policy Advisor in the Office of the Governor.

Prior to joining the LePage administration, McLean was in private practice from 2005 to 2011 handling matters ranging from permitting and compliance of energy and development permits, to obtaining LURC rezoning and development permits, to handling negotiations and settlements at Superfund Sites throughout New England and nationally.

Previously, McLean worked with the Yale Center for Environmental Policy, Trustees for Alaska, the New York State Office of Attorney General, the Pace Land Use Law Center and Freehills Law Firm in Sydney, Australia.

McLean has been an active member of the Maine and American Bar Associations since 2005 and has held leadership positions with both organizations. She earned a law degree from Pace University School of Law and a Master’s degree in environmental management from Yale University School of Forestry. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree from Bates College.

McLean will appear at her confirmation hearing before the Joint Standing Committee on Energy, Utilities and Technology in the upcoming weeks. A date has not yet been scheduled.