March 15, 2010, Governor LePage nominated Tom Welch to serve as Commissioner of the Maine Public Utilities Commission to fill a vacancy created by the resignation of Commissioner Jack Cashman. If confirmed, Mr. Welch would be appointed to a six-year term expiring in March 2017.
Mr. Welch served as Chair of the MPUC from 1993 to 2005, where he played a leading role in the restructuring of the Maine electric utility industry and the adoption of incentive regulation for Verizon. Since leaving the MPUC, he worked briefly for PJM Interconnection, a Pennsylvania-based RTO, and has for the past five years been in private practice in Maine, specializing in energy and utility law. During that time, he frequently represented Central Maine Power Company in proceedings before the Maine Commission.
Prior to moving to Maine in 1993, Mr. Welch served as Chief Deputy Attorney General for Antitrust in the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office, in-house counsel for Bell Atlantic, and Assistant Professor at Villanova University School of Law.
Mr. Welch is a 1972 graduate of Stanford University. He received his law degree from Harvard Law School in 1975.