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The Michigan Public Service Commission is composed of three members appointed by the Governor with the advice and consent of the Senate. Commissioners are appointed to serve staggered six-year terms. No more than two Commissioners may represent the same political party. One commissioner is designated as chairman by the Governor.

 

MPSC Chairman Quackenbush

John D. Quackenbush, Chairman

John D. Quackenbush was appointed by Governor Rick Snyder to serve as Chairman of the Michigan Public Service Commission on Sept. 15, 2011. His term ends July 2, 2017.

Prior to his appointment, Chairman Quackenbush worked for UBS Global Asset Management for 10 years, most recently as managing director and senior investment analyst responsible for equity research for the transportation, utilities and coal industries in the U.S. and Canada. He previously worked as manager of the Sprint Corporation Treasury department and Sprint Corporation Local Telecom Division. Before that, he served in several senior financial analyst roles with the Illinois Commerce Commission.

Chairman Quackenbush was named a Top Gun U.S. Industrials Investment Mind in 2011 by Brendan Wood International. He earned certification as a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) in 1993 and is a member of the CFA Institute and CFA Society of Chicago. He previously served as a board member of the Society of Utility and Regulatory Financial Analysts. He earned a bachelor's degree in business economics from Calvin College and a master of business administration degree with a concentration in finance from Michigan State University.

Chairman Quackenbush is a member of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners and serves on several committees including the Committee on Gas, the Committee on Consumer Affairs, and the Subcommittee on Pipeline Safety. Chairman Quackenbush is also a member of the Advisory Council for the Gas Technology Institute, and the Technical Hazardous Liquid Pipeline Safety Standards Committee for the U.S. Department of Transportation.


Commissioner White

Greg R. White, Commissioner

Greg R. White was appointed by Governor Jennifer M. Granholm to serve on the Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) on December 4, 2009. His term ends July 2, 2015.

Prior to his appointment, Commissioner White served as the Legislative Liaison for the Michigan Public Service Commission and as Liaison for the MPSC to the Michigan Department of Energy, Labor, & Economic Growth (DELEG). In this dual role, he represented the MPSC before the Michigan Legislature and the U.S. Congress on matters related primarily to energy, utilities, telecommunications, and the motor carrier industries, and also worked between the Executive Office of DELEG and its Bureau of Energy Systems and the MPSC on matters related to energy and energy utilities.

Previously, Commissioner White served as an Executive Assistant to MPSC Commissioner Robert B. Nelson and to Commissioner John C. Shea. He also served as Special Assistant to Commission Chairman John G. Strand, focusing primarily on nuclear issues. Prior to moving into the Commissioner's office, he served on the Commission's policy staff working on issues in all utility sectors, primarily managing congressional, and federal relations for the Commission.

Commissioner White has spent the majority of his professional career in the areas of energy and telecommunications policy and has worked in the fields of electricity supply, nuclear issues, renewable energy development, and oil and gas development at the MPSC, the Michigan Energy Administration, and the Michigan Geological Survey. He also has held the position of Associate Director at the Institute of Public Utilities at Michigan State University.

Commissioner White has provided expert testimony on matters concerning energy supply, energy utilities, nuclear power, and telecommunications before the U.S. Congress, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, the U.S. Nuclear Waste Technical Review Board, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, and the Michigan Legislature.

Commissioner White is a member of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners and serves on several committees, including the Subcommittee on Nuclear Issues - Waste Disposal (Chair), Washington Action Program (Chair), the Committee on Electricity, the Committee on Critical Infrastructure, and the Subcommittee on Utility Marketplace Access. In addition, Commissioner White sits on the Board of Directors of the Organization of PJM States, Inc., and is a member of the Eastern Interconnection States Planning Council.

Mr. White holds a bachelor of science degree from Michigan State University and a master's of public administration from Grand Valley State University.


MPSC Commissioner Talberg

Sally A. Talberg, Commissioner

Sally A. Talberg was appointed by Governor Rick Snyder to the Michigan Public Service Commission on July 3, 2013. Her term ends July 2, 2019.

Prior to her appointment, Commissioner Talberg worked in the public and private sectors over the past 15 years with a focus on energy policy and utility regulation. Most recently, she served as a senior consultant at Public Sector Consultants where she conducted research and analyses and wrote reports on energy policy issues. During her tenure at Public Sector Consultants, she also helped establish the state's premier energy efficiency financing organization, Michigan Saves. Commissioner Talberg previously served as an analyst at the Michigan Public Service Commission, managed enforcement and contested cases at the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, and advised commissioners at the Public Utility Commission of Texas. Her expertise includes energy issues at the state, regional, and federal level involving electric rates, retail and wholesale market design, transmission planning and siting, and energy efficiency.

Commissioner Talberg is a member of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners and serves on the Telecommunications Committee and the Interstate Telephone Relay Service (TRS) Advisory Council. She also serves on the board and executive committee of the Organization of MISO States, and represents the state regulatory sector on the Midcontinent ISO's Advisory Committee and Planning Advisory Committee. She was also appointed in 2014 by the Federal Communications Commission to serve on the Federal-State Joint Board on Jurisdictional Separations.

Ms. Talberg holds a bachelor's of science degree in Environmental and Natural Resources Policy Studies from Michigan State University and a master's degree in Public Affairs from the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, University of Texas-Austin.

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