Robert F. Powelson
Robert F. Powelson was first nominated to the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) on June 19, 2008, by Governor Edward G. Rendell to fill the remainder of an unexpired term. The Pennsylvania Senate unanimously confirmed Powelson to serve as Commissioner on June 30, 2008. Commissioner Powelson was renominated by Governor Rendell for a full five-year term on February 12, 2009, and again unanimously confirmed by the Pennsylvania Senate on April 22, 2009.
On February 24, 2011, Governor Tom Corbett appointed Powelson as PUC Chairman, a position he held until May 7, 2015. On February 18, 2014, Governor Corbett nominated Powelson to a second full five-year term on the PUC. The Senate unanimously confirmed Powelson for another term as a Commissioner on March 19, 2014. His term as a Commissioner expires on April 1, 2019.
Powelson was elected President of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) on November 15, 2016. He previously served as First Vice President of NARUC since November 9, 2015. He was appointed to the NARUC Board of Directors on March 15, 2011 and serves on the NARUC Committee on Water, which he chaired from 2012-14; the Committee on Critical Infrastructure; the Subcommittee on Nuclear Issues-Waste Disposal; and the Subcommittee on Education and Research. In addition to his national duties, Powelson was President of the Mid-Atlantic Conference of Regulatory Utilities Commissioners (MACRUC) from June 2014 to June 2015. Powelson also is a voting member of the National Regulatory Research Institute (NRRI). In 2012, he was appointed to serve on the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) Advisory Council and was recently re-appointed to serve another term, which expires August 2018.
On March 8, 2011, Governor Corbett invited Powelson to serve as a member of the Marcellus Shale Advisory Commission. The Advisory Commission reviewed the Commonwealth’s existing statutes, regulations and policies and provided recommendations to ensure that Pennsylvania maximizes the opportunity that Marcellus Shale presents in the most responsible manner possible.
Powelson has served on the Board of Trustees of Drexel University since 2013 and served on the Board of Directors of Lincoln University from 2000-2013.
Under Powelson's leadership, Pennsylvania ratepayers have had an active voice on issues such as progressive ratemaking, utility infrastructure replacement, broadband development, and expanded use of natural gas throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
Previously, Powelson served as the President of the Chester County Chamber of Business & Industry, a 1,600- member business organization that he joined in 1994. During his tenure as President and CEO, the Accrediting Board of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce awarded the Chester County Chamber a Three Star Accreditation standard of excellence. In 2005, he was selected by the Eisenhower Presidential Fellows to be a U.S. fellow in Singapore and Australia.
Prior to joining the Chester County Chamber, Powelson was the Director of Government Relations for the Delaware County Chamber, where he helped to develop the county’s economic development strategy. From 1990-91, Powelson served as a Staff Assistant to Congressman Curt Weldon.