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Robert Berntsen

Vice President, Government & Regulatory Affairs
MISO

Robert Berntsen Robert Berntsen, Vice President of Government and Regulatory Affairs, directs MISO’s ongoing activities with state regulatory and legislative of the organization.

As Vice President of Government & Regulatory Affairs, Mr. Berntsen serves as MISO’s primary liaison with the governors and state regulatory and legislative policymakers. A dedicated public servant, Mr. Berntsen was appointed a Member and Chair of the IUB in May 2009 and served as Chair until April 2011.

While serving on the IUB, Mr. Berntsen was a Board Member and Secretary for the Organization of MISO States (OMS), the non-profit regulatory committee for states served by MISO. He also was Iowa’s designee on the Eastern Interconnection States’ Planning Council (EISPC) as well as one of EISPC’s representatives to the Eastern Interconnection Planning Collaborative’s (EIPC) Stakeholder Steering Committee (SSC), and was a Member of the Electricity Committee of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC).

Prior to joining the Iowa commission, Mr. Berntsen served as corporate counsel for Vectren Corporation, one of MISO’s founding transmission-owning members.

A native of Marion, Iowa, he served in the U.S. Army JAG Corps and in 2005 was deployed to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Mr. Berntsen earned a Juris Doctorate from the University of Iowa and a Bachelor of Science degree from Georgetown University.


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