Alumnus Appointed Chairman of Public Utilities Commission of Ohio
Andre T. Porter ’05 was recently sworn in as the new chairman of the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO). His five-year term officially began on April 11, 2015.
As chairman, Porter will lead the state agency that oversees the regulation of electric, natural gas, telecommunications, water, and commercial transportation companies in Ohio. He also chairs the Ohio Power Siting Board, which reviews, evaluates, and approves the siting of electric generation plants and electric and natural gas transmission lines.
Prior to becoming chairman of the PUCO, Porter led the Ohio Department of Commerce, a post he was appointed to by Governor John R. Kasich in 2013. Before that, Porter served as a PUCO commissioner from April 2011 to April 2013. He also served as vice-president of the Organization of PJM States, Inc. (OPSI); the PUCO’s representative to the Eastern Interconnection States’ Planning Council (EISPC); and as president of the Independent State Agencies Committee (ISAC), during his prior service to the utilities commission.
Preceding his tenure with the state, Porter worked as an energy, public utilities, and real estate taxation attorney. He also served as a member of the Gahanna City Council, chair of the Gahanna Board of Zoning Appeals, and president of the Gahanna Community Improvement Corporation.
“To be trusted by Governor Kasich to return to the PUCO as chairman is an honor,” Porter said. “The industries regulated by the PUCO affect nearly every Ohioan every day. As the agency charged with impartial regulation, it is imperative that the PUCO operate in an open and transparent manner. My vision is that of a process-driven and competent PUCO which works to outline regulatory policies that contribute to the success of the state of Ohio.”
Porter’s term as PUCO chairman ends April 10, 2020.