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Brooklynite, energy services professional Rory Christian named chairman of the Public Service Commission


Rory Christian, new chairman of the New York Civil Service Commission. YouTube photo

Gov. Kathy Hochul on Wednesday announced the appointment of Rory M. Christian, a Brooklyn resident who began his career at KeySpan Energy, as chairman of the Civil Service Commission and chief executive officer of the Civil Service Department, the staff branch of the commission. .

Christian began his career in the energy industry with KeySpan Energy, where he first worked as a civil engineer, before moving on to a role involving government agencies operating in Long Island and New York. KeySpan Energy, the result of the merger of Brooklyn Union Gas and Long Island Lighting Company, was headquartered in Brooklyn and is now part of National Grid.

In his role with KeySpan, he was responsible for coordinating activities between utility and government organizations, negotiating contracts, developing contingency plans and streamlining operations to meet the operational needs of both organizations.

Christian then moved to Exelon Energy, where he developed new products targeting public sector customers and helped facilitate the creation of multiple partnerships and alliances.

Previously, he was director of energy finance and sustainability for the New York City Housing Authority, where he oversaw the authority’s portfolio of utilities at the time, worth more than $ 500 million. dollars, with the aim of reducing annual energy costs while achieving a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions imposed by the city, the state and the federal government. conditions.

Most recently, he was New York’s Director of Clean Energy at the Environmental Defense Fund, where he managed strategy, programming, business development and stakeholder collaboration for the Clean Energy program at New York. He supervised a multidisciplinary team (economists, lawyers and engineers) to design, implement and manage legislative and policy campaigns aimed at reducing the environmental impact of electricity production.

“I am happy to nominate Rory Christian as president of the PSC,” said Hochul. “His deep expertise in the operations and regulation of public services, environmental policy and community engagement make him uniquely qualified to help the state deal with the climate crisis while fulfilling PSC’s core mission of maintaining a service. reliable and affordable audience.

“I have high expectations that, under Rory’s leadership, the PSC will advance innovative energy and telecommunications policy, protect consumers, improve the reliability and resilience of utilities, promote economic development and will responsibly meet the challenge of climate change, ”she said.

Rory Christian said: “I am deeply honored to be appointed Chairman of the Committee and CEO of the Department. I thank Governor Hochul and look forward to devoting my time, energy and talents to helping New York achieve its clean energy goals, through solutions that prioritize fairness, reliability and resilience. .

Christian graduated from City College of New York, Grove School of Engineering with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering, and Baruch College with an MBA. He lives in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn with his family.

The Civil Service Commission regulates the electricity, gas, steam, telecommunications and water utilities as well as the cable industry. It consists of up to seven members, each appointed by the governor and confirmed by the state Senate for a six-year term or to complete an unexpired term of a former commissioner.


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