New York Public Service Commission

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Public Service Commission
Commission overview
Formed 1907
Jurisdiction New York
Commission executive
  • John B. Rhodes, Chairman
Key document

The New York Public Service Commission is the public utilities commission of the New York state government that regulates and oversees the electric, gas, water, and telecommunication industries in New York as part of the Department of Public Service. The department's regulations are compiled in title 16 of the New York Codes, Rules and Regulations. The current chairman of the Commission and chief executive of the Department is John B. Rhodes. His term began on June 21, 2017 and runs through February 1, 2021. [1]


The Public Service Commission consist of five members, each appointed by the Governor of New York with the advice and consent of the New York State Senate for a term of six years or to complete an unexpired term of a member.[2] A commissioner is designated as chairman by the Governor to serve in such capacity at the pleasure of the Governor or until their term as commissioner expires.[2] No more than three commissioners may be members of the same political party.[2] The Public Service Commission is within the Department of Public Service,[3][2] and the chairman is the chief executive officer of the Department.[3]


The Public Service Commission was established in 1907.

Reforming the Energy Vision[edit]

In 2014 the Commission and New York Governor Andrew Cuomo initiated Reforming the Energy Vision.[4] Reforming the Energy Vision (commonly abbreviated as REV) is a set of multi-year regulatory proceedings and policy initiatives. The end goals of REV include reducing carbon emissions from the electric sector and opening up new markets in New York state for emerging energy technologies.[5] The affected utilities in the state of New York include Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corporation, Consolidated Edison Company of New York, National Grid, New York State Electric & Gas Corporation, and Orange and Rockland Utilities. In addition to the core project of utility restructuring, the REV initiative also encompasses a number of other energy programs, some of which were launched before REV itself. These include K-Solar, NY Prize, NY-Sun, BuildSmart NY and the state's Green Bank.[6]

In 2016, the Public Service Commission adopted a Clean Energy Standard, to assist in achieving the state's target of obtaining 50% of its electricity from renewable and nuclear sources by 2030, which will see customer bills increase to support these sources. A particular aim was to support three nuclear plants, Ginna, James A. FitzPatrick and Nine Mile Point that had become uneconomic; the support for nuclear is expected to cost $1 billion in the first two years.[7][8]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Chair: John B. Rhodes". 
  2. ^ a b c d Public Service Law § 4
  3. ^ a b Public Service Law § 3
  4. ^ "14-M-0101: Reforming the Energy Vision (REV)". 2014-11-07. Retrieved 2018-08-14. 
  5. ^ "REV in 2016: The year that could transform utility business models in New York". 
  6. ^ "White paper" (PDF). March 2016. 
  7. ^ Campbell, Jon (1 August 2016). "NY OKs energy plan with nuclear bailout". Democrat and Chronicle. Rochester. Retrieved 7 March 2017. 
  8. ^ Campbell, Jon (6 March 2017). "Decision-makers skip N.Y. nuclear bailout hearing". Democrat and Chronicle. Rochester. Retrieved 7 March 2017. 

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