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New York PSC Chair Rory Christian Joins FRI Advisory Board

February 19, 2024 FRI is pleased to welcome Rory Christian, Chair of the New York Public Service Commission, to FRI's Advisory Board. Chair Christian was first appointed to the NY PSC in June 2021, and appointed Chair and CEO in September 2021. He joined the PSC after several years experience in and related to the…

Kristin Munsch Joins FRI Advisory Board

February 13, 2024 FRI is pleased to welcome Kristin Munsch, Senior Associate General Counsel for Commonwealth Edison (ComEd), to our Advisory Board. Her work focuses on regulatory policy and litigation, including the implementation of Illinois’ most recent energy legislation, the Climate & Equitable Jobs Act. Before working with ComEd, Kristin was the Director for Regulatory…

Patrice Jones Hunter Joins FRI Advisory Board

January 3, 2024 FRI is pleased to welcome Patrice Jones Hunter, Senior Director of State Regulatory Policy for the Edison Electric Institute (EEI), to FRI's Advisory Board. Patrice was promoted to Senior Director after servicing as Director of State Energy and Regulatory Policy for two years. In her current role, she serves as the lead…

FRI, Looking Back and Looking Ahead

December 21, 2023 Written by Dr. Michael Sykuta, Executive Director of FRI As 2023 draws to a close, so does my third year as Executive Director of FRI. To say the past three years have been a whirlwind would be an understatement. It's been a time of growth for me personally, learning about the issues…

Rachelle Whitacre and Nicor Gas Join FRI Advisory Board

November 7, 2023 FRI is pleased to welcome Rachelle Whitacre, Director of Regulatory Affairs for Nicor Gas, to the FRI's Advisory Board, and to announce Nicor Gas as our newest Gold-level FRI Sponsor. As Director of Regulatory Affairs for Nicor Gas, Rachelle leads regulatory policy, strategy and planning and is responsible for regulatory activities with…

FRI Welcomes New Advisory Board Members Helland, Gunn, and Kuzman

October 2, 2023 FRI is pleased to welcome Chairman Erik M. Helland of the Iowa Utilities Board (IUB), Kevin Gunn of NextEra Energy Resources, and Robert (Bob) Kuzman of MISO to FRI's Advisory Board. Chairman Helland began his service at the IUB on May 1, 2023, for a term that runs through April 30, 2029.…

Josiah Cox Joins FRI Advisory Board

July 21, 2023 FRI is pleased to announce that Josiah Cox, President and Founder for Central States Water Resources, has joined FRI’s Advisory Board. An experienced and deeply passionate water utility industry executive, early in his career, Josiah spent several years leading wildlife habitat studies and water and wastewater civil engineering land development efforts. In…

California Commissioner John Reynolds Joins FRI Advisory Board

July 5, 2023 FRI is pleased to welcome Commissioner John Reynolds of the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) to the FRI Advisory Board. Commissioner Reynolds was appointed to the CPUC by Governor Gavin Newsom on Dec. 23, 2021, and reappointed on Dec. 22, 2022. Commissioner Reynolds had previously served as Managing Counsel at Cruise LLC…

Andreas D. Thanos Selected for 2023 Crystal Award

April 12 ,2023 FRI is pleased to announce that Andreas D. Thanos has been selected as recipient of the 2023 Crystal Award for Distinguished Contribution. In addition to his exemplary work as a long-time state energy regulatory commission staffer, Thanos also demonstrates an extraordinary commitment to the larger energy community, both nationally and internationally, through…

John E. “Butch” Howard Selected for 2022 Crystal Award

April 28, 2022 FRI has selected John E. "Butch" Howard as recipient of the 2022 Crystal Award for Distinguished Service. John E. “Butch” Howard was a member of the South Carolina Public Service Commission (SC PSC) for sixteen years, as well as an active participant in the National Association of Regulated Utility Commissioners (NARUC) and…