AUGUSTA — A consultant, former pulp and paper executive, and state lawmaker has been tapped to lead the Maine Office of Energy Independence and Security.

Gov. Paul LePage announced yesterday that Kenneth Fletcher will lead the office, which aims to increase the use of sustainable indigenous and renewable resources while reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

LePage says Fletcher will look for opportunities to drive down energy prices in Maine “so our private sector can compete and attract investment.”

The 65-year-old has served recently as consultant to a variety of companies including Huhtamaki Foodservices and paper companies. He also served 30 year in Maine’s pulp and paper industry, and served eight years representing House District 54.