Andrew G. Place
Andrew G. Place joined the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission on Oct. 1, 2015, taking the oath of office one day after receiving the unanimous approval of the Pennsylvania Senate. Vice Chairman Place was nominated by Gov. Tom Wolf on May 18, 2015, and his term will continue until April 1, 2020. Place served as PUC Vice Chairman on 2015-18.
During his confirmation hearing, Place pledged to be “an unassailably independent voice,” and noted the many challenges and opportunities facing the Commission, ranging from utility infrastructure and competitive consumer markets to rail safety, utility security, energy diversity and efficiency.
In October 2019, Vice Chairman Place was elected to serve as Vice President for the Organization of PJM States Inc. (OPSI), an inter-governmental organization of utility regulatory agencies that are part of the PJM Interconnection LLC. He previously served as Secretary of OPSI.
The recipient of the 2013 Energy Leadership Award by the Pittsburgh Business Times, Place has served as a keynote speaker, lecturer and panelist at numerous national and international energy-related forums. With a background in business, academia, state government service and agriculture, he brings a unique blend of insights to the Commission’s efforts to balance the needs of consumers and utilities.
Prior to his appointment to the Commission, Place was the corporate director for energy and environmental policy at Pittsburgh-headquartered EQT Corporation, where he focused on the economic, social and environmental balance inherent in energy policy choices. He also worked to establish the Center for Sustainable Shale Development, whose collaborative efforts have been praised by The Washington Post and the Christian Science Monitor.
Additionally, Place has served a number of roles at the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection. He was also a research fellow in Carnegie Mellon University’s Department of Engineering and Public Policy and has taught at the University as an adjunct professor.
As a disaster service volunteer for the American Red Cross, Place was deployed twice to assist with response and recovery efforts along the Gulf Coast following Hurricane Katrina. He also serves on the board of Global Pittsburgh, a non-profit organization that works to welcome international students and influencers to the Pittsburgh region and encourages more people to consider living and working in the region.
Place received his bachelor’s degree in economics, with a concentration in mathematics, from the University of Pittsburgh, where he graduated cum laude, and a master’s degree in public policy and management from the H. John Heinz III College at Carnegie Mellon, where he graduated with Highest Distinction. He resides with his family in Greene County, where they own and operate a 210-acre cattle and sheep farm.
Documents Offered by Commissioner Place
Position Letter on Senate Bill 510 - Dated April 18, 2019.
Analysis of Pennsylvania Nuclear Plants and Available Policy Alternatives - Dated March 6, 2019.
Electric Generating Units: Advance NOPR on State Guidelines for Greenhouse Gas Emissions - EPA Comments on Docket EPA-HQ-OAR-2017-0545-0001. Dated February 26, 2018.
Emission Guidelines for Greenhouse Gas Emissions, etc. - EPA comments on Docket EPA-HQ-OAR-2017-0355. Dated October 31, 2018.
Repeal of Carbon Pollution Emission Guidelines for Existing Stationary Sources: Electric Utility Generating Units – EPA comments on Docket EPA-HQ-OAR-2017-0355-14998. Dated April 20, 2018.
Participation of Distributed Energy Resource Aggregations in Regional Markets - FERC comments on Docket No. RMI8-9-000. Dated June 26, 2018.
Support Letter for HB 1446-In Restructure of Electric Utility Industry, Providing for Transportation Fueling Infrastructure Development - Dated June 20, 2018.
Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking: Water Quality Standards for Manganese – DEP comments dated February 26, 2018.
State Policies and Wholesale Markets Operated by ISO New England Inc., New York ISO Inc., and PJM Interconnection LLC - FERC comments on Docket No. AD17-11-000. Dated April 25, 2017.
State Policies and Wholesale Markets Operated by ISO New England Inc., New York Independent System Operator, Inc., and PJM Interconnection, L.L.C. - FERC Post-Technical Conference Comments on Docket No. AD17-11-000. Filed on June 22, 2017.