On Wednesday, Jul 17th, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced her appointment of Tremaine Phillips to the Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC). Phillips will replace Norm Saari who was appointed by Snyder in 2015. Saari's term came to a close July 2nd, 2019. Phillips term will run through July 2, 2025, once confirmed by the State Senate. Termaine Phillips is now the second appointment to the MPSC made by Gov. Whitmer, after the Governor appointed Dan Scripps in February of 2019.
Phillips is currently the director of the Cincinnati 2030 District and the former vice president of strategic initiatives for Empower Gas and Electric, LLC, according to the Governor's office. He formerly served as the assistant deputy director of the Michigan Department of Energy, Labor and Economic Growth (DELEG) under former Gov. Jennifer Granholm, as well as in an energy program association with the Michigan Environmental Council, and as an intern with the White House Council on Environmental Quality.He earned his Bachelor of Science in Environmental Economics and Policy from Michigan State University, and his Master of Arts in Public Policy and Management and Juris Doctor degree from The Ohio State University.
"Tremaine’s experience ranges from the utility sector, state government and clean energy advocacy," the Governor said. "His diverse background will give him the knowledge and insight to be successful in his new role and is supported by a broad array of stakeholders from environmental groups to business organizations."