John Borkoski is Chief Engineer (Technical Staff) at the Maryland Public Service Commission.
The PUF team had a warm welcome at the PSC offices in Baltimore on the upper floors of the William Donald Schaefer building. Maryland punches well above its weight, with an expansive grid modernization portfolio, ambitious electric vehicle and charging programs, utility-scale batteries deployed as grid assets, and more, backed up by a diverse renewable generation portfolio and nuclear power at the Calvert Cliffs plant.
PUF's Lori Burkhart: How did your background lead you to the Commission?
John Borkoski: I'm a licensed professional engineer in Maryland and spent thirty-five years working for an electric and gas utility. I had experience primarily in electric transmission, electric distribution operations and planning, and also in project and program management. I've also had roles with that same utility dealing with gas distribution and electric generation. I retired in 2015 and then joined the Commission in 2017.
PUF: As Chief Engineer at the Commission, talk about your unique position.
John Borkoski: I manage a group of seventeen people including myself. I have nine people who deal with gas and water activities. There are eight engineers and a pipeline safety manager who make up that side.