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Whitmer Appoints Phillips To PSC

Environmental sustainability advocate Tremaine Phillips was appointed today to the Public Service Commission by Governor Gretchen Whitmer in an appointment that shifts the balance on the three-member panel that has been closely watched by environmental groups and industry leaders.

Mr. Phillips replaces outgoing Commissioner Norm Saari, who was appointed by former Governor Rick Snyder. The appointment, which was first reported Friday by Gongwer News Service, gives Ms. Whitmer's nominees to the powerful commission a new 2-1 Democratic majority.

However, the statement from Ms. Whitmer's press office did not mention any change in the PSC chair post, which leaves Commissioner Sally Talberg in the position, at least for now. The chair serves as the pleasure of the governor.

Mr. Phillips currently is director of the Cincinnati 2030 District in Cincinnati, Ohio, a project focused on setting sustainability goals for the city's downtown commercial district on energy, transportation, water and health.

Mr. Phillips has held multiple posts in Lansing, including a contracted position within what was then the Department of Energy, Labor and Economic Growth during former Governor Jennifer Granholm's administration as well as a stint from 2010-13 for a Lansing-area nonprofit working on economic development.

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