The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) appointed Alicia Barton as the president and chief executive officer along with two new members, Kate Fish and Sukanya Paciorek.

Barton succeeds John Rhodes, who was NYSERDA president and CEO since 2013 and is now the chairman of the New York Public Service Commission.

“It is an honor to join a nation-leading organization like NYSERDA that is accelerating New York’s transition to a cleaner and more affordable energy system for all New Yorkers,” says Barton, who was previously the Chief of Operations for the Global Utility group at SunEdison and Chief Executive Officer for the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center. “Under Governor Cuomo’s leadership, New York State is taking some of the most aggressive actions in the nation to combat climate change, and NYSERDA’s work is critically important in supporting the state’s efforts to protect the environment for generations to come.”

Barton has served in the public and private sectors leading clean-energy projects. Most recently, she was part of the law firm Foley Hoag LLP in Boston as the co-chair of its Energy and Cleantech practice. Barton has extensive experience in the energy sector, including expertise with regulatory and policy issues, project development, environmental compliance, and establishing new markets for clean energy technologies.

In addition, Barton directed the Massachusetts Environmental Policy Office, including the first-in-the-nation environmental impact review of greenhouse gas emissions.

The board also added two new members, Fish and Paciorek, who will serve six year terms. Fish is the Executive Director of the Adirondack North Country Association, and Paciorek is the Executive Vice President and Head of Asset Management of the Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation.

NYSERDA has offered objective information and analysis, programs, technical expertise, and support to help New Yorkers increase energy efficiency, save money, use renewable energy, and reduce reliance on fossil fuels. NYSERDA, a public benefit corporation, has advanced energy solutions and helped protect the environment since its founding in 1975.

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