PUC Commissioner Andrew Place elected vice president of OPSI

Published on November 05, 2019 by Dave Kovaleski

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Andrew Place

The Organization of PJM States (OPSI) elected Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) Commissioner Andrew Place as the organization’s vice president.

OPSI is an inter-governmental organization made up of the utility regulatory agencies of 13 states and the District of Columbia that are in the service area of PJM, one of the world’s largest regional electric transmission operators.

Place joined the PUC in 2015. Before his current role, he was the corporate director for energy and environmental policy at Pittsburgh-headquartered EQT Corporation, where he focused on the economic, social, and environmental energy policy choices. He also worked to establish the Center for Sustainable Shale Development.

Additionally, he served in several roles at the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection and was a research fellow in Carnegie Mellon University’s Department of Engineering and Public Policy.

OPSI coordinates data and issues analyses and policy formulation related to PJM. While the 14 OPSI Members interact as a regional body, their collective actions as OPSI do not infringe on each of the 14 agencies’ individual roles as the statutory regulators within their respective state boundaries.

PJM coordinates the movement of wholesale electricity in Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, and the District of Columbia.