Jeanne M. Fox was a Commissioner of the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (NJBPU) from January 2002 until September 2014, and served as its President and a member of the Governor’s cabinet for the first 8 years. The NJBPU has regulatory jurisdiction over telephone, electric, gas, water, wastewater and cable television companies and works to ensure that consumers have access to safe, reliable services at reasonable rates.
Under President Fox’s leadership NJBPU became a leader among states in developing cutting edge clean energy policies, and promoting renewable energy and energy efficiency. As a result, under her leadership New Jersey has been second only to California in the number of solar installations. President Fox has received numerous state and national awards for the BPU Clean energy programs.
Ms. Fox was very active with the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) as a member of its Board of Directors; Chair of the Committee on Energy Resources and Environment; Vice Chair of the Committee on Critical Infrastructure. She continues to participate via the NARUC Commissioners Emeritus. She also served as Chair of the Electric Power Research Institute’s (EPRI) Energy Efficiency and Grid Modernization Public Advisory Group; member of the Harvard Electricity Policy Group (HEPG); the National Council on Electricity Policy (NCEP), having served as its chair for 5 years; the National Regulatory Research Institute Research (NRRI) Advisory Committee; President of the Mid-Atlantic Conference of Regulatory Utilities Commissioners; member of the National Academy of Science Panels on Public Participation in Environmental Assessment and Decision Making as well as its Panel on Grid Resiliency; EPRI Advisory Council to the Board of Directors and Executive Committee; Department of Energy’s Electricity Advisory Committee; National Petroleum Council & its Emergency Preparedness Committee. She continues to serve on Carnegie Mellon’s Center for Climate Energy Decision-Making Advisory Board; the Tri-State GRID Alternatives Board; and the Rutgers Energy Institute Advisory Group.
Prior to her appointment to the NJBPU, Ms. Fox served as Regional Administrator of the United States Environmental Protection Agency (Region II), and as Commissioner and Deputy Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and Energy.
Ms. Fox has served as an Adjunct Professor at Rutgers School of Arts and Sciences and Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy and at Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.
Ms. Fox graduated cum laude from Douglass College, Rutgers University and received a Juris Doctor from the Rutgers University School of Law- Camden.