PUCO chairman resigns effective May 20

Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) Chairman Andre Porter has informed Gov. John Kasich (R) that he plans to resign from the utilities commission May 20 in order to accept a position in the private sector.

Porter informed the governor of his resignation in an April 29 letter. Porter did not disclose the post that he is accepting in the private sector.

“With mixed emotions, I must inform you that I will resign as a PUCO Commissioner effective as of the close of business on May 20, 2016.”

“At the PUCO, while working independently of the administration, I’ve led the Commission in addressing some of the most challenging utility issues in recent history,” Porter said in the letter. “As a result of that work, modernized grid technology will be deployed across the state and consumers will be more engaged in how utility services are consumed,” Porter said in the letter.

In late March, PUCO approved controversial power purchase agreements (PPA) for baseload power plants run by subsidiaries of American Electric Power (NYSE:AEP) and FirstEnergy (NYSE:FE).

Porter was appointed chairman of PUCO by Kasich in 2015. Porter previously served as a commissioner of the PUCO from 2011–2013.

As chairman of the PUCO, Porter leads the 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 and evaluates the siting of electric generation plants and electric and natural gas transmission lines.

Prior to serving the State of Ohio, Porter was an energy, public utilities and real estate taxation attorney with a leading Columbus, Ohio law firm. Chairman Porter received his bachelor’s degree in political science from Capital University and his law degree from The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law.

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