Chair, Public Service Commission
Audrey Zibelman was confirmed as a commissioner of the New York State Public Service Commission (PSC) on June 19, 2013, and was named chair on September 3, 2013. Her term turns through February 1, 2018.
Ms. Zibelman has extensive experience in the public, private and not-for-profit energy and electricity sectors. She is a recognized national and international expert in energy policy, markets, and smart grid innovation.
As PSC chair, she sits on the State Energy Planning Board. She is also chair of the New York State Board on Electric Generation Siting and the Environment. She sits on the board of NYSERDA, the board of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative Inc. (RGGI), the Audit Committee of RGGI, the New York State Disaster Preparedness Commission, and the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management Task Force. Ms. Zibelman was appointed to the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) Board of Directors, and is a member of NARUC Committee on Electricity. She is also a member of the U.S. Department of Energy's Electricity Advisory Committee and of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory’s Future Electric Utility Regulation Advisory Group.
Ms. Zibelman is a founder and past president and chief executive officer of Viridity Energy, Inc., which she formed after more than 25 years of electric utility industry leadership experience. She has participated as both counsel and expert witness in numerous electric utility proceedings before State and federal regulatory and legislative bodies on topics such as the benefits of power markets and smart grids to consumers. Ms. Zibelman also has served on the boards of organizations responsible for assuring the security and reliability of the nation's power system, including Reliability First, the GridWise Alliance, and the Midwest Reliability Organization.
Previously, Ms. Zibelman was the executive vice president and chief operating officer of PJM, a regional transmission organization that operates the world’s largest wholesale power market and serves 14 states throughout the eastern United States. Ms. Zibelman also held executive positions at Xcel Energy, served as General Counsel to the New Hampshire Public Utilities Commission, and as Special Assistant Attorney General in the Minnesota Attorney General’s Office.
Ms. Zibelman earned a bachelor's degree from Pennsylvania State University and a J.D. from Hamline University School of Law.
Ms. Zibelman, who resides in Albany, and her husband, Phillip Harris, are the proud parents of four children.