Mr. Pike brings decades of experience in advocating, supporting and leading clean energy initiatives across the state notably in his recent role as CEO of MassCEC
Burlington, MA – September 21, 2021 – FirstLight Power, a leading clean power producer and energy storage company, today announced that the company has tapped Stephen Pike as Vice President and General Counsel. Mr. Pike joins FirstLight after leading the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) as Chief Executive Officer for the past six years. He will serve on FirstLight’s leadership team and report directly to President and CEO, Alicia Barton, assuming the role from Marc Silver, who recently announced his retirement.
“I’m incredibly excited to welcome Steve to our growing senior leadership team. Steve brings a rare combination of deep legal expertise and extensive leadership experience in the clean energy industry that will be a significant asset to FirstLight as we advance our mission to decarbonize the regional electric grid,” said Alicia Barton, President and CEO of FirstLight. “I also want to acknowledge and thank Marc Silver for his many years of service and contributions to building FirstLight, the largest renewable energy and energy storage portfolio operating in New England today.”
Mr. Pike will bring more than eight years of experience and leadership in the clean energy sector at MassCEC and well over a decade serving as outside general counsel to privately held and publicly traded companies, advising on transaction, commercial and operational matters, focusing primarily on financing transactions and mergers and acquisitions.
“I am thrilled to be joining FirstLight at a time of dynamic change and opportunity in the power delivery industry,” said Stephen Pike, VP and General Counsel of FirstLight. “FirstLight’s vision for decarbonizing the electric grid and developing an electric system that is clean, reliable, affordable and equitable is a natural continuation of the goals I have pursued in the public sector over the past eight years.”
Under Mr. Pike’s leadership, MassCEC strengthened its focus combating climate change by helping the Commonwealth meet its ambitious greenhouse gas reduction goals in addition to MassCEC’s historic focus on boosting economic development in the clean energy sector. Over the past six years, MassCEC launched several cutting-edge programs to advance deployment of energy storage, renewable energy generation, and building decarbonization solutions, and to fuel the growth of climate focused startup companies. In addition, he has played a leading role in advancing Massachusetts’ new offshore wind industry through execution of partnerships with both Vineyard Wind and Mayflower Wind to bring significant new offshore wind jobs to the Bay State.
“We are so pleased to add Steve to FirstLight’s leadership team – his deep experience will help support our efforts to lead the region’s conversion to a clean energy future faster by delivering clean, locally made hydropower, and by leveraging large-scale storage facilities to integrate renewable energy and store it for times when it is needed,” said Phil Giudice, Board Chair of FirstLight. “Steve joins an excellent team that is committed to the company’s strong legacy of environmental stewardship with the necessary clean energy expertise to help lead the drive to a more sustainable future in the years ahead.”
ABOUT FIRSTLIGHT POWER
FirstLight Power (FirstLight) is a leading clean power producer and energy storage company in New England with a portfolio that includes nearly 1,400 megawatts of pumped-hydro storage, battery storage, hydroelectric generation, and solar generation – the largest clean energy generation portfolio in New England today. Based in Burlington, MA, with operating offices in Northfield, MA and New Milford, CT, FirstLight provides stewardship of and recreational access to 14,000 acres of land and waters along the Connecticut, Housatonic, Shetucket, Still, and Quinebaug Rivers. To learn more, visit www.firstlightpower.com.