Wayne E. Gardner
Wayne E. Gardner was nominated on June 19, 2008, by Gov. Edward G. Rendell to a five-year term on the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC). He was confirmed unanimously by the Pennsylvania Senate on June 30, 2008. His term is scheduled to expire on April 1, 2013.
Since joining the PUC Commissioner Gardner has focused on reliability, price competitiveness, security of supply, and customer service for the consumers and utilities of the Commonwealth, as well as other policies as developed by the legislature and specifically Act 129. Commissioner Gardner serves on the board of directors for the Environmental Quality Board, the Mid-Atlantic Conference of Regulatory Utilities Commissioners (MACRUC), and the Electricity Committee of the National Association of Regulatory Utilities Commissioners (NARUC). Commissioner Gardner also is a member of the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (Natural) Gas Pipeline Safety Standards Committee.
Immediately prior to joining the PUC, Commissioner Gardner partnered in developing wind power projects in Namaqualand, Northern Cape Province, South Africa.
From April 2002 to December 2005, Commissioner Gardner served as vice president and general manager of Franklin Fuel Cells Inc., where he oversaw its formation, development and day-to-day operations.
Previously, Commissioner Gardner served in several operational and managerial capacities over a 20-plus-year career at PECO Energy Company, including investments, strategy, new business development, field service and power plant operations. Upon formally retiring from Exelon Corporation in 2002, Commissioner Gardner joined EnerTech Capital Partners as a venture partner, where he facilitated investment transactions in the energy and telecom technology sectors, and worked as an operational consultant to EnerTech companies on an interim basis.
Commissioner Gardner holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Drexel University in Philadelphia, is chairman emeritus of the Distributed Power Coalition of America (DPCA), and served on the Steering Committee - Distributed Resources Task Force for the Edison Electric Institute. He also has earned certificates from studies at The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, Cornell University, and the American Management Association in Chicago.
Commissioner Gardner was born in Birmingham, Alabama, and attended high school in Philadelphia. Commissioner Gardner resides in Downingtown, Chester County, PA. He is single with no children (except for Corey, Fatima, Sophia, Natalie, Tahira, Thu, Yamil and of course Natalya. He is also Pop-Pop to DeCor, Madison, Savanah and Hannah).