MISO appoints Andre Porter as general counsel

MISO announced the appointment of Andre Porter as general counsel. Porter succeeds Steve Kozey as the company’s second general counsel in its history.  Kozey will continue fulfilling his duties as senior vice president of compliance services and secretary to the MISO Board of Directors. 

In April, Porter announced his resignation as chairman of the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) where he was appointed by Governor John R. Kasich in 2015. Porter previously served as a commissioner of the PUCO from 2011–2013.

“Andre’s background spans a broad spectrum of the energy industry and he has extensive experience working with commissions and FERC,” said John R. Bear, MISO president and CEO. “His expertise is a great match for MISO’s business as we intensify our focus on working with our members and stakeholders to provide reliable, least cost energy to consumers.”

As chairman of the PUCO, Porter led the agency that oversaw the regulation of electric, natural gas, telecommunications, water and commercial transportation companies in Ohio. He also chaired the Ohio Power Siting Board, which reviews and evaluates the siting of electric generation plants and electric and natural gas transmission lines. Porter also served on the water and electricity committees of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners and on the Electric Power Research Institute advisory council.

“MISO is essential to electricity.  Its transmission operations and market services provide necessary value and reliability across much of North America,” said Andre Porter.  “I am pleased to join the highly qualified and dedicated team at MISO.”

During his prior service at the PUCO, Porter served as vice-president of the Organization of PJM States, Inc. (OPSI); was the PUCO’s representative to the Eastern Interconnection States’ Planning Council (EISPC); and served as president of the Independent State Agencies Committee (ISAC).