Tremaine L. Phillips was appointed by Governor Gretchen Whitmer to the Michigan Public Service Commission on September 9, 2019. His term ends on July 2, 2025.
Prior to his appointment, Commissioner Phillips worked in the public and private sectors to accelerate the nation’s transition to clean, renewable and reliable energy resources. Most recently, he served as the Director of Cincinnati 2030 District, leading the organization to become one of the largest and most engaged 2030 Districts in the country. As Vice President of Strategic Initiatives for EmpowerSaves, a Columbus-based energy efficiency data analytics and marketing company, he was recognized in 2016 as an emerging clean energy leader through the Midwest Energy News’ “40 Under 40” award. He previously worked for the Prima Civitas Foundation, the State of Michigan’s Department of Energy, Labor, & Economic Growth, and the Michigan Environmental Council. He also spent a summer in Washington D.C. working to advance climate and clean energy policies, including the Clean Power Plan, for the Obama Administration as an intern with the White House Council on Environmental Quality.
Commissioner Phillips is a member of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners and serves on its Committee on Consumers and the Public Interest, as well as the Committee on Critical Infrastructure. He also serves on the board of directors of the Organization of PJM States. In September 2019 he was selected to serve on the Nuclear Waste Strategy Coalition, which represents the collective interests of public and private sectors experts on nuclear waste policy matters.
Mr. Phillips is a graduate of Michigan State University and The Ohio State University, where he received his Juris Doctorate from the Moritz College of Law and a M.A. in Public Policy and Management from the John Glenn College of Public Affairs.