DC Commission, Chair Thompson Join FRI Advisory Board

June 29, 2023

FRI is pleased to welcome the District of Columbia Public Service Commission and Chairman Emile C. Thompson to the FRI Advisory Board. The DC PSC regulates the monopoly electric distribution, natural gas, and telecom utilities serving the District’s approximately 700 thousand residents. The District of Columbia joins 16 state public utility commissions represented on FRI’s Advisory Board.

Chairman Thompson was first appointed to the DC PSC by Mayor Muriel Bowser in 2021 and re-appointed as Interim Chairman on December 1, 2021. He was confirmed as Chairman on June 7, 2022. He is an active member of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC), serving as NARUC Co-Vice Chair of the Committee on Critical Infrastructure and as a member of the Committee on Energy Resources and the Environment. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Organization of PJM States, Inc., which promotes and protects the public interest in providing reliable and reasonably priced electric service.

While the DC PSC does not regulate DC’s water utility, Chairman Thompson previously served on the D.C. Water Board of Directors, so he also brings familiarity with water oversight to the FRI Advisory Board.

Chairman Thompson graduated from Morehouse College with a degree in Computer Science and minors in Math and Biology. His law degree was conferred from Wake Forest University School of Law.

Born in Washington, D.C., Chairman Thompson resides with his wife and children. He is active in the D.C. community serving as a board member of the Abramson Scholarship Foundation, and is a former board member of the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Washington.