December 21st, 2020
Governor Whitmer continued to show a commitment to Michigan’s clean energy future and attention to the climate crisis by appointing Katherine Peretick to the Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) to replace Commissioner Sally Talberg for a term expiring in July 2021. Ms. Peretick is uniquely qualified to serve on the commission based on both her energy grid and storage expertise and her engineering experience that includes being the Director of Engineering at a large battery storage developer, NRStor. She is also vice president of Advancing Women in Energy and a member of Michigan Clean Energy Leaders. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering and a Master of Engineering in Energy Systems Engineering from the University of Michigan. Peretick is a true political independent that has a knack for finding solutions to complex energy problems, setting her up to be a critical voice that will be necessary to help build Michigan’s clean energy infrastructure and maintain an efficient grid to help get this energy to consumers. Following the appointment, Governor Whitmer called her an “independent thinker whose deep understanding of energy storage, renewable energy, and smart grid systems will help Michigan benefit from the changes taking place in the energy sector.”
This appointment comes on the heels of another reshuffling of the MPSC, applauded by Michigan LCV, that made Commission Dan Scripps the new chair of the three member commission. Commissioner Scripps has a strong record of making sound decisions on the commission and also has the career experience before his appointment that leads Michigan LCV to trust his judgement when it comes to critical energy decisions that will impact our state’s ability to meet necessary climate goals, as well as ensuring reasonable energy rates for Michigan residents.