Corbett names ChesCo resident to chair utility commission

Governor Tom Corbett has appointed Robert F. Powelson of Chester County to serve as chairman of the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission.

Powelson, the former president of the Chester County Chamber of Business and Industry, has served as a PUC commissioner since June 2008 when he was nominated by then Gov. Rendell to a one-year term. He was renominated to a five-year term in Feb. 2009.

“As a commissioner, Robert Powelson has provided an active voice for Pennsylvania ratepayers on issues such as nuclear power production, competitive markets, renewable investment, broadband deployment, infrastructure development and other critical concerns,” Corbett said. “I am confident consumers and businesses will continue to be well-served by the PUC under Powelson’s leadership.”

The PUC is comprised of five, full-time members who serve staggered, five-year terms. Commissioners set policy on matters affecting utility rates and services, as well as on personnel, budget, fiscal and administrative matters.

Powelson was recently appointed as co-vice chair of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners, or NARUC, Committee on Water. In addition, he has been appointed to represent that committee on NARUC’s Task Force on Climate Policy. He is also a member of the NARUC Committee on Critical Infrastructure and a member of the NARUC Subcommittee on Nuclear Issues-Waste Disposal.

From 1990-91, Powelson served as a staff assistant to U.S. Rep. Curt Weldon.

Powelson holds degrees from St. Joseph’s University and the University of Pennsylvania. A Delaware County native, Powelson and his wife, Lauren, and their two sons live in Kennett Square.


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