For Immediate Release: Thursday, September 13, 2018 Contact: Peter Steele, communications director, 207-286-5086

AUGUSTA - Governor Paul R. LePage announced today that Steven McGrath, director of the Governor's Energy Office, will step down effective September 14, 2018.

McGrath has worked alongside Governor LePage as head of the Governor's Energy Office since August, 2017. In this role he was responsible for moving the Governor's agenda forward through the Energy, Utilities, and Technology Committee and for being a point of contact for the many energy, utilities and technology companies in Maine.

"Under Steve's leadership, the Energy Office has led our efforts to increase access to energy and to reduce energy costs for the people of Maine," said Governor LePage. "Steve has worked with the Legislature, within the Administration and with private industry to help us achieve those goals. I thank him for his service to the people of Maine, and I wish him the best."

"I have enjoyed working with Governor LePage, and I am grateful for the opportunity he offered me to serve the people of Maine," said McGrath. "The many positive experiences I have had over the last year have helped me grow professionally, grow as a person and grow as a citizen. I leave knowing that the state is in capable hands, and I wish the Governor and the many talented and dedicated people with whom I have worked every success."

McGrath led the state government's efforts to assist Mainers during the oil and propane distribution crisis of December 2017 through January 2018 caused by the sustained polar vortex. In anticipation of the 2018-19 winter, he has coordinated with other state agencies and propane distributors to develop a roadmap of key contacts, as well as critical propane distribution centers and railroads.

He met with every natural gas pipeline company and local distribution company to assess ways to bring more natural gas into the state.

McGrath is a seasoned corporate financial expert, holding an MBA in Finance from New York University, and is a Certified Management Accountant. He is the past Chief Financial Officer of Downeast Energy Corporation and the past CEO of Greystone Advisors, a management and financial advisory company.

Angela Monroe, who has served as deputy director of the Governor's Energy Office, will now serve as director of the office.