Lori Burkhart is Managing Editor of Public Utilities Fortnightly.
The PUF team traveled to Dover, Delaware to visit the Public Service Commission, and the timing was perfect. For the PSC turned 70! Having formed in 1949, the PSC held a reception on September 12, attended by former Commissioners, retirees, elected officials, company executives, and dignitaries to celebrate its platinum anniversary. And there is much to celebrate in this small but mighty state.
Delaware is not our smallest state as that honor goes to Rhode Island, but comes in second and with only three counties, has the least of any state. State law does require one Commissioner come from each of those counties, one from Wilmington, and one at-large. Delaware is however the first state to ratify the U.S. Constitution on December 7, 1787, and has since been called the First State, which you see emblazoned on the state’s recognizable dark blue and buff yellow license plates.
The five Commissioners are part-time, which is unusual in the regulatory world, and the Staff of about thirty, are kept busy. Some kindly took time from their hectic schedules to speak with PUF and let us know what makes Delaware special. Enjoy the insights.
A Day at the Delaware PSC Conversations:
- Chair Dallas Winslow
- Commissioner Joann Conaway
- Commissioner Kim Drexler
- Commissioner Harold Gray
- Commissioner Mike Karia
- Raj Barua, executive director, Matt Hartigan, deputy director, Tom Walsh, deputy attorney general (assigned to PSC)
- Connie McDowell, senior regulatory policy administrator, Malika Davis and Pam Knotts, regulatory policy administrators
- Delaware PSC Celebrates 70th Anniversary!