IPPNY Statement on Public Service Commissioner Confirmations

Today, the New York State Senate confirmed Governor Kathy Hochul’s nominees to the Public Service Commission: Denise Sheehan of NY-BEST and Uchenna Bright of Environmental Entrepreneurs. It is a crucial time for the State as the Commission works to determine what will be considered a zero emissions source. IPPNY supports New York’s clean energy transition and will continue to provide the necessary solutions for the State to work towards achieving its climate goals in a reliable, safe, and affordable manner.

IPPNY President and CEO Gavin J. Donohue said, “New York will greatly benefit from the decades of experience that Commissioner Sheehan has within the energy sector. She brings a balanced point of view between safe, reliable, and affordable service and her decorated career within government and the industry speaks for itself. Her track record at the Department of Environmental Conservation, NY-BEST, and beyond demonstrates her commitment to New Yorkers and helping the State reach its climate targets. I am confident that she is a great fit for the Commission during this pivotal time in the energy sector.”

“Commissioner Bright brings experience from the policy sector and her work at Environmental Entrepreneurs,” Donohue continued. “She will provide expertise on environmental policies with economic costs and benefits at the front of mind in a way that balances a good economy and environment. I look forward to working closely with both Commissioners and the PSC to help New York transition to a cleaner energy future.”



IPPNY, established in 1986, is the premier trade association dedicated to the representation of the State’s electric generation fleet, which powers New York’s economy. IPPNY Members produce clean electricity generation in this state; our Members have been successfully awarded more than half of the renewable energy credit contract awards from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, are leading proponents of meeting the State’s energy goals, while maintaining reliability, and are operating the facilities and making investments in additional ones to achieve the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act’s targets. IPPNY Members also produce more than 75 percent of the State’s power from a multitude of fuel sources, such as: wind, solar, hydro, energy storage, natural gas, low sulfur oil, waste-to-energy, biomass, and nuclear. In combination, these resources maintain electric system reliability and “keep the lights on” for more than 19 million New Yorkers every day. Additionally, IPPNY’s Members have invested more than $10 billion in capital improvements at their facilities, employ over 10,000 people across the State, and pay approximately $1.7 billion in local property taxes annually. IPPNY does not represent investor-owned utilities or power authorities.

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