Illinois Commerce Commission member Erin O’Connell-Diaz has been selected to lead the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners’ (NARUC) Committee on Electricity.
O’Connell-Diaz, a former co-vice chair of the committee, replaces outgoing chair Garry Brown of New York, whose three-year term expired.
NARUC’s Electricity Committee provides state regulators a forum to develop and advance policies that promote reliable, adequate, and affordable supply of electricity. Through strong collaboration with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and related federal agencies, the Committee seeks ways to improve the quality and effectiveness of regulation through education, cooperation, and exchange of information.
“I cannot think of a more challenging time to be a utility regulator,” commented O’Connell-Diaz. “The Electricity Committee sets policies on issues that touch the pocketbooks of every consumer in this country. Transitioning to an efficient and clean utility system will not be easy, but we must make certain that, at the end of the day, the lights stay on at fair and affordable rates.”
O’Connell-Diaz was appointed to the Illinois Commerce Commission in April 2003 and reappointed in 2008. She is a member of the NARUC Board of Directors and in addition to served as co-vice chair of NARUC’s Electricity Committee, was also a co-chair of the Environmental Coordinating Committee.
O’Connell-Diaz served as an Administrative Law Judge for the ICC from 1991 to 2001, culminating in her appointment as the Assistant Director of the Administrative Law Division. Additionally, she has served as Chair of the Chicago Bar Association’s Public Utility Law Division.