The National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) has named New Jersey Board of Public Utilities member Jeanne Fox the winner of this year’s prestigious Mary Kilmarx Award. Given annually by the organization’s Energy Resources and the Environment (ERE) Committee, the award is presented to those whose work reflects the Committee’s goals of promoting good government, clean energy, and the environment. Fox was honored for her contributions to promoting strong regulation and clean energy. Commissioner Fox has chaired the ERE Committee since August 2010.
NARUC presented Commissioner Fox with the award during the group’s Annual National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners Meeting here. First awarded in 2002, the honor is named for Mary Kilmarx, a former commissioner and staff member at the Rhode Island Public Utilities Commission. Ms. Kilmarx served as staff co-chair of the ERE Committee when it was called the Energy Conservation Committee.
She is a cornerstone of NARUC’s energy and environmental advocacy, helping spearhead numerous resolutions on Environmental Protection Agency rules and legislation dealing with renewable energy and carbon. ERE Committee Co-Vice Chair, Jim Gardner of Kentucky, calls Commissioner Fox “an influence and inspiration not only to the ERE Community, but the greater regulatory community as well. She is driven, focused, and maintains a true passion for these issues. She understands the nexus between utility and environmental policies, which has led to her involvement in the Association’s most central positions on these issues. Commissioner Fox has been a constant and tireless champion of sensible clean energy policy, placing her constituents above all else.”
Commissioner Fox is in her second term at the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (BPU), having served as President of the agency from 2002-2010. Before joining the BPU, she served as Regional Administrator of the United States Environmental Protection Agency where she had jurisdiction over New Jersey, New York, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Within NARUC, Commissioner Fox serves on the Board of Directors, the Committee on Critical Infrastructure, the Subcommittee on Education and Research, and the Utility Market Access Program.
Fox adds: “There is no greater honor to be recognized by one’s peers. State commissioners serve an essential element in demonstrating that consumers can indeed benefit from clean-energy programs. I am humbled to share this award with the many people who have contributed to a greener energy future.”