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Mayor Miro Weinberger Appoints Neale Lunderville as General Manager of Burlington Electric Department

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March 19, 2015
Contact:  Mike Kanarick
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Mayor Miro Weinberger Appoints Neale Lunderville as General Manager of Burlington Electric Department

Burlington, VT – Mayor Miro Weinberger today announced the appointment of Neale Lunderville as the new General Manager of the Burlington Electric Department.  Lunderville has been serving as the interim GM for the past eight months.  Weinberger has asked the City Council to approve the appointment at its March 23, 2015 meeting. 

“The energy industry is experiencing a period of great change and with that change comes tremendous opportunity,” said Mayor Weinberger.  “Neale has done an outstanding job as interim GM, and I am confident he is the right person to lead our nearly 110-year-old, beloved municipal utility through this exciting and challenging time.  Under Neale’s leadership, I expect to see BED continuing to provide reliable, affordable power to its customers, while also pushing the envelope to be a national leader in the sourcing and generation of clean energy and energy conservation efforts.”

During his brief tenure as interim GM at BED, Lunderville has delivered on the two key assignments with which the Mayor tasked him upon his arrival:  providing steady day-to-day leadership of the Department; and overseeing a strategic review of all elements of BED’s operations.

Lunderville is a native Vermonter who was born in Burlington.  He previously served as Chief Executive Officer of NG Advantage, an energy company he co-founded in 2012, which delivers compressed natural gas to industrial users.  Lunderville also served as Secretary of Administration and Secretary of Transportation for Governor Jim Douglas, and as Tropical Storm Irene Recovery Officer for Governor Peter Shumlin.  Lunderville’s contributions to Vermont communities extend beyond his professional work to service on various boards and charitable organizations, including Preservation Trust of Vermont, Champlain College, Vermont Journalism Trust, and the Vermont Disaster Relief Fund.

“Burlington Electric Department is on the cutting edge of the green energy revolution, and it is an honor to lead the organization through this dynamic period of transformative change,” said Lunderville. “BED employees are second to none.  I’m proud to be part of a team that cares so deeply for its customers and works around the clock to provide them safe, reliable, low-cost power.  As Burlington’s community-owned utility, BED will continue to pioneer creative energy initiatives and deliver the exceptional service that our customers deserve.”

“I want to thank Mayor Weinberger and his team, the Burlington Electric Commission, the Burlington City Council, and my wonderful colleagues at BED for their confidence and support over the last eight months,” added Lunderville. “I am optimistic about BED’s future and excited to continue this important work.”

Please see attached documents, including:

  • Memorandum from Mayor Miro Weinberger to City Councilors dated March 18, 2015 requesting approval of appointment of Neale Lunderville as General Manager of Burlington Electric Department;
  • Evaluation dated March 10, 2015 by the Burlington Electric Commission in support of Neale Lunderville;
  • Memorandum from Mayor Miro Weinberger to City Councilors dated July 1, 2014 requesting approval of appointment of Neale Lunderville as interim General Manager of Burlington Electric Department; and
  • Curriculum vitae of Neale Lunderville.
     

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Press Release Date: 
03/19/2015
City Department: 
Mayor's Office