Alicia Barton

Counsel - Boston

Alicia Barton
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617.832.1193

617.832.7000

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Alicia Barton has rejoined Foley Hoag LLP after spending nearly a decade in public and private sector leadership roles dedicated to building successful clean energy projects, companies and markets. Alicia serves as co-chair of the firm's Energy & Cleantech practice, where she helps clients navigate the unique and constantly-evolving regulatory and market conditions pertaining to energy and clean technology. Alicia’s practice focuses on regulatory and policy matters, government affairs and strategic advice for energy and cleantech companies, particularly those in emerging and nascent markets. She also specializes in project development, siting and permitting for renewables and other infrastructure, and in environmental compliance for the energy sector.

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Education:

  • Boston College Law School, J.D., cum laude, 2002
  • Ohio State University, B.S. in Natural Resources, magna cum laude, Distinction in Environmental Science, 1999

Languages:

English

Professional Experience

  • Chief of Operations, Global Utility group, Sun Edison - Served on and managed the review process for capital commitments for wind projects, reviewed origination efforts and bids for government tenders domestically and internationally, and oversaw internal teams related to wind resource engineering and environmental permitting and compliance. Served on and managed the review process for capital commitments for utility-scale solar projects, reviewed origination efforts and bids for government tenders domestically and internationally, and oversaw internal teams related to solar resource engineering and environmental  permitting and compliance.
  • Chief Executive Officer, Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) - Led MassCEC’s efforts to launch an offshore wind industry through strategic investments in infrastructure and through partnerships with project developers and the federal government. Directed the Center’s management and operation of the Wind Technology Testing Center, the largest blade testing and certification facility in North America. Also directed the Center’s grant and loan funding for residential solar; invested in several innovative startup companies in the solar space; oversaw the Production Tracking System that assesses incentive eligibility and verification for operating solar projects in the state; and has been an active participant in the state's legislative and regulatory efforts around net metering, the SREC program, and commercial and community solar efforts for nearly ten years. Oversaw strategic investments and other financial support for dozens of promising clean energy companies across a broad spectrum of technologies. Specific activities included equity investments, loans and loan guarantees, and targeted grants. Under Alicia’s leadership the center launched investments in companies relating to energy storage, energy efficiency data analytics, an online solar marketplace, landfill gas recovery, innovative water technologies and many others.
  • Deputy Commissioner for Policy and Planning, Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP)
  • Assistant Secretary for Environmental Review and MEPA Director , Massachusetts Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA)
  • Deputy General Counsel, Massachusetts Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA)
  • Participated in the environmental impact review and/or permitting of every major energy project proposed in the state of Massachusetts from 2008 through 2012, including wind and offshore wind, large-scale solar, biomass, liquified natural gas, and combined-cycle natural gas generation.

Honors

  • Boston Business Journal “40 Under 40” Award; named one of the top 40 business leaders under the age of 40 in Boston, 2015
  • New England Clean Energy Council Clean Energy Champion Award, 2015
  • New England Women in Energy and the Environment (NEWIEE) Achievement Award, 2014
  • Recognized as a Massachusetts Super Lawyers "Rising Star" in Environmental Law

Involvement

  • Board member, Greentown Labs (2014- present)
  • Board member, Retroficiency (2013-2015)
  • Board member, Northeast Clean Energy Council (2013-2015)
  • Board member, Cleantech Open Northeast (2013-2015)
  • Advisory Board, Fraunhofer Center for Sustainable Energy Systems (2013-2015)
  • Advisory Board, New England Water Innovation Network (NEWIN) (2014-2015)
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Bar Admissions

  • Massachusetts

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts
  • U.S. Court of Appeals First Circuit