Foley Hoag LLP
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.
In her recent public and private sector roles, Alicia has led efforts to launch, build and complete groundbreaking clean energy projects and to establish new markets for promising clean technologies. Her work has been centered in Massachusetts but includes substantial national and global experience. Her efforts have spanned a broad range of technologies from solar, wind and other renewables to energy storage, efficiency and innovative water technologies.
Prior to returning to Foley Hoag, Alicia was Chief of Operations for the Global Utility group at SunEdison focusing on development of utility-scale wind and solar projects in global markets including the U.S., Latin America, Europe, Asia and South Africa. In this capacity, she was responsible for aligning business units across global regions and managed company-wide teams for wind and solar resource engineering, environmental compliance, energy storage, government affairs and communications.
Before that, Alicia served as chief executive officer for the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC), a quasi-public agency dedicated to making Massachusetts a leading state in the development, commercialization and deployment of clean technologies. From 2012-2015 she led all of MassCEC’s investments, project finance, grant programs, partnerships and commercial operations across a range of clean energy technologies from solar to offshore wind.
During Alicia’s tenure at MassCEC, the Center helped make Massachusetts a top national market for solar, the leading state in energy efficiency, and home to one of the most promising concentrations of innovative cleantech startups as judged by dollars invested and other third-party metrics.
Alicia’s public sector experience also included leadership roles at the state’s top environmental agencies. She directed the Massachusetts Environmental Policy Act (MEPA) Office for three years, overseeing the environmental impact review for all major development projects proposed in the state during that time. Alicia led the creation and implementation of MEPA’s first-in-the-nation environmental impact review of greenhouse gas emissions and launched incentives for the adoption of clean energy mitigation measures at all major development projects.
Alicia later served as the Deputy Commissioner for Policy and Planning for the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP), where she oversaw policy, regulatory and organizational management matters across the 850-person agency.
Alicia was also responsible for developing and launching the MassDEP Clean Energy Results Program, which leveraged MassDEP’s technical and regulatory expertise to facilitate the siting and construction of clean energy projects in the Commonwealth. She began her time in state government as the Deputy General Counsel for the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs.
Alicia began her legal career at Foley Hoag in 2002 an associate in the firm’s environmental practice. She worked on environmental litigation, compliance and regulatory matters for a wide range of clients.