Robert Howatt has been selected as the new Executive Director of the Delaware Public Service Commission (PSC), filling the position vacated by William O’Brien in December 2012. Howatt will begin his duties as Executive Director on January 22.
“Based on my experience working with Bob, as well as his extensive background, I am confident that he will be an asset to the work of the PSC,” said PSC Chair Dallas Winslow.
Howatt, a resident of Wilmington, has 28 years of utility management experience in roles such as Manager of Regulatory Affairs for the Maryland Energy Administration, Public Utilities Analyst III for the Delaware Public Service Commission, and Planner IV for the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control. Until 2000, Howatt worked for Delmarva Power in various managerial positions to include Manager of Distribution Assets, Manager of the Southern Division, and Manager of Construction and Engineering.
“Bob is an extremely qualified individual who can hit the ground running and play an important role in developing our state’s overall energy strategy,” said Secretary of State Jeffrey Bullock.
Howatt holds an MBA and a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering.
The Delaware Public Service Commission works to ensure safe, reliable and reasonably priced electric, natural gas, water and wastewater services. The Commission also has limited regulatory authority over telephone and cable television rates and services.