Rory Christian is Chair of the New York Public Service Commission and CEO of the New York Department of Public Service.
The New York Public Service Commission and New York Department of Public Service oversee a mandate in New York's Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act, to cut greenhouse gas emissions forty percent by 2030 and no less than eighty-five percent by 2050 from 1990 levels. All that, while carrying on its regulatory business in the public interest. The five hundred-plus dedicated Staff of the New York Department of Public Service are up to all these tasks. They are the Staff arm of the seven-member New York Public Service Commission.
The DPS is under the leadership of CEO Rory Christian. He also is Chair of the New York PSC.
PUF's Lori Burkhart: Talk about your career and how that brought you here to the Commission.
Chair Rory Christian: I am a civil engineer by training.
I grew up wanting to build bridges, tunnels, and skyscrapers. I couldn't find the right opportunity in those areas at the start of my career, but I was fortunate to find work with a utility, KeySpan Energy, and it was through that experience that I came to know the energy sector.
And from the very beginning it was an amazing opportunity. I enjoyed the people and the knowledge gained daily from individuals who'd been in the power sector their entire careers.