Carlisle McLean, the former Maine Public Utilities Commission member who resigned in late June, has begun working as senior counsel in the corporate regulatory department of Avangrid, Central Maine Power’s parent company.

McLean posted the news recently on her LinkedIn site.

McLean’s departure from the PUC was newsworthy because her term had expired in March, and Gov. Paul LePage hadn’t nominated her for a new term. She and the other two commissioners had come under fire from LePage after they approved rules last winter for compensating solar energy producers.

McLean previously had served as LePage’s chief legal counsel.

On her LinkedIn profile, she wrote: “I’m pleased to share that I have started in a new role as in-house counsel at Avangrid. I am thrilled that the role will draw both upon my background and experience in environmental law and regulation as well as my experience and expertise in the energy and utility industries.

“I’m excited to merge these two pieces of my education and professional background into this new position. This next professional opportunity to learn, grow and apply what I know and love will be my biggest and most exciting challenge yet!”


McLean’s posting had attracted 67 likes by midday Tuesday, but the good feelings weren’t shared by anti-wind activists on the Citizens’ Task Force on Wind Power website.

One member, Monique Aniel Thurston, wrote:

“In politics, the ‘revolving door’ is a movement of personnel between roles as legislators and regulators and the industries affected by the legislation and regulation.”

LePage has yet to replace McLean at the PUC, which now is operating with two commissioners.

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