Andrew Fay is a Commissioner for the Florida Public Service Commission.
PUF: Can you tell us how you became a Commissioner at the Florida PSC?
Commissioner Fay: I am not sure how the journey began, but I really think that the support of my family and friends is the reason I am here today. I also think my academics, experience, and work ethic led me to this opportunity. I was well aware that, historically, younger applicants are not appointed to the Florida Public Service Commission, but I wasn't worried about that hurdle. I believed I was the best person for the job and that is why I submitted my application.
My first job out of law school was serving as an Assistant Attorney General. It was one of those rare opportunities that allowed me to work on issues that impact the entire state of Florida. You have to be responsible and responsive to what all of Florida needs, not just certain areas.
The Governor and Cabinet, which includes the Attorney General, serve as Florida's Siting Board where they review the development and expansion of power plants in Florida. Working on Florida's Siting Board Act was actually my first taste of utility regulation as Assistant Attorney General. I was extremely fascinated by the issues and felt that they were a good mix of legal and policy. When working on these types of issues, you have to find a balance of interests.