On Monday, November 7, 2011, NM Governor Susana Martinez appointed Independent Dr. Douglas Howe to the open seat on the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission ("PRC"). Dr. Howe, a consultant with IHS Cambridge Energy Research Associates and a Santa Fe resident, will fill out the remaining term of Jerome Block, Jr. who resigned from the PRC following Block's plea agreement and admission to several felony charges. Dr. Howe has been involved with global power industry for over 28 years and has extensive experience in the areas of long-range corporate, strategic, and regulatory planning, particularly in the areas of executive management, corporate strategy, marketing, regulatory affairs,power contracting, retail energy and energy efficiency.
Dr. Howe has consulted with utilities and regulators in Singapore, China, Libya, UAE, Tanzania, Czech Republic,South Africa and Nigeria. In North America, he has worked with utilities and non-governmental organizations to develop long-range planning. Previously, Dr. Howe was a senior director at IHA CAmbridge Energy Research Associates and Vice President of Regulatory Policy at GPU, Inc. -- a multinational utility company. Dr. Howe holds an MS and a PhD in mathematics from the University of Pennsylvania where he was a Franklin Scholar. He holds an Executive Education degree from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University. Dr. Howe's term on the PRC will be through December 31, 2012. He would be eligible to run for a four year term in the November 2012 election.
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