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Baker names Judson to be his energy chief

Governor Charlie Baker’s administration has named consultant Judith Judson to the top post at the state’s Department of Energy Resources.

Judson was most recently the head of emerging technologies at Customized Energy Solutions, a consulting firm where she has worked since 2012, the state said. She replaces Dan Burgess, who was named acting commissioner of the department in January.

Previously, Judson was an executive at Beacon Power, a Tyngsborough-based company that develops and installs flywheels, a sort of high-tech energy storage system. That company filed for bankruptcy in 2011, but reorganized and is still in operation. She also chaired the Massachusetts Public Utilities Commission under Mitt Romney.

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“Judith has a wealth of knowledge and real-world experience in the fields of renewable energy and clean technology,” said Matthew Beaton, Baker’s secretary of energy and environmental affairs, in a statement. “The Baker-Polito Administration is focused on diversifying the Commonwealth’s energy portfolio, while strengthening the state’s growing clean energy economy and supporting new innovative technologies.”


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