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Ian A. Bowles

Secretary Ian A. Bowles

Secretary, Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs

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Last month, Governor Patrick announced that a new multi-purpose marine commerce terminal will be built in the port of New Bedford to support shipping, other commercial activities, and the delivery, assembly, and installation of offshore wind turbines – including those destined for Cape Wind, the nation’s first offshore wind farm in Nantucket Sound.

This facility will make Massachusetts the hub of offshore wind development on the Atlantic Coast, and contribute to the city of New Bedford’s prosperity through all its uses, but especially by capturing the 600 to 1,000 jobs from construction of Cape Wind. As Governor Patrick put it, “In the first half of the 19th century, New Bedford produced the advanced fuel of the age – whale oil – and became known as ‘the city that lit the world.’ Now, with this new terminal, and this first-in-the-nation project, New Bedford will once again begin to light the world, but this time with the clean, renewable energy resource of the 21st century – offshore wind.”

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As Deputy Director of DOER's Green Communities Division, Lisa helps lead a team devoted to working with Massachusetts cities and towns to realize environmental and cost benefits of municipal energy efficiency and renewable energy. Prior to joining DOER, Lisa worked in the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs from 2007 to 2012, first as Press Secretary and then as Assistant Secretary for Communications and Public Affairs. Her previous communications and public relations experience includes both government and the private sector, where, as principal of upWrite Communications, she served clients such as The Trustees of Reservations, The Nature Conservancy, and Partners Health Care/North Shore Medical Center. She began her career as a journalist, covering Beacon Hill for the State House News Service, and later wrote for a variety of other publications including The Boston Globe, Teacher Magazine, Animals Magazine, and The Gulf of Maine Times. The author of two books, Lisa serves on the board of the Saugus River Watershed Council and resides with her family in Melrose.

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