PUC Commissioner Powelson Installed as NARUC First Vice President
Published on 11/10/2015
HARRISBURG – The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) today announced that Commissioner Robert F. Powelson was sworn in as First Vice President of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC).
“I am honored to continue my service and leadership on a national level with NARUC, on behalf of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania,” said Commissioner Powelson. “This new post comes as Pennsylvania continues to demonstrate leadership nationally on issues such as electric competition, responsible shale gas development, consumer education, critical infrastructure and transportation.”
Commissioner Powelson also serves on the NARUC Committee on Water, which he chaired from 2012-14, and the Committee on Critical Infrastructure. Additionally, he served as President of the Mid-Atlantic Conference of Regulatory Utilities Commissioners from June 2014 to June 2015.
Commissioner Powelson has served on the PUC since June 2008, when he was first nominated by Gov. Edward G. Rendell to fill the remainder of an unexpired term. The Senate unanimously confirmed Powelson to serve as Commissioner in June 2008, and he was re-nominated by Gov. Rendell for a full five-year term on Feb. 12, 2009, once again being unanimously confirmed by the Senate.
In February 2011, Gov. Tom Corbett appointed Powelson as Chairman of the PUC, and his re-nomination for a second five-year term was unanimously confirmed in March 2014. He remained Chairman until May 2015. His term as Commissioner will expire on April 1, 2019.
Commissioner Powelson also served as a member of the Marcellus Shale Advisory Commission and previously served as President of the Chester County Chamber of Business & Industry from 1994 to 2008.
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