Paul Flanagan is Executive Director of the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities..
The PUF team was warmly welcomed by those energy stalwarts charged with drafting and implementing Governor Phil Murphy's Energy Master Plan at the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities.
It's serious work, but it's fun too, as you will hear Staff attest. And the New Jersey BPU is big, with some two hundred and twenty-five Staff, because in 2003 it established the Office of Clean Energy to help administer its programs. Talk about forward thinking.
PUF: What is your background and how did you end up at the Board?
Paul Flanagan: When I was in law school, I was looking for a law-related job, and one of the Commissioners at the time, Rich McGlynn, had been a judge. My brother, who was a lawyer, had appeared before him and said he was now working at this place called the Board of Public Utilities, and that I should write him a letter.
I did and they hired me as a law clerk, where I worked for about two and a half years. Then when I got out of law school and passed the bar, I got hired as a Staff attorney.
I was here for eight years in that role. Then I went out into private practice for nineteen years, and worked at a law firm, Pitney Hardin Kipp & Szuch for thirteen of those years. I focused on utility regulation and land use.