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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's "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. as an intern with the Obama Administration's White House Council on Environmental Quality, working to advance climate and clean energy policies, including the Clean Power Plan.
Commissioner Phillips serves on the board of directors of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC), where he also serves on its Electric Vehicles State Working Group, the Committee on Critical Infrastructure, as well as the chair of the Committee on Telecommunications. He also serves on the board of directors of the Organization of PJM States and represents the Commission on Governor Gretchen Whitmer's Michigan Poverty Task Force, the Michigan Council on Future Mobility and Electrification, the Michigan Environmental Justice Response Team, and the Connecting Michigan Task Force. In February 2020 he was appointed to serve on the NARUC Broadband Expansion Task Force, a two-year effort to identify best practices and solutions to improving broadband access in underserved communities throughout the country. In addition, he serves as a member of the Advisory Council to the Center for Public Utilities at New Mexico State University.
Commissioner 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.