IREC Vice President Radina Valova Nominated for New York Public Service Commission

IREC is honored to announce that Regulatory Vice President Radina Valova has been nominated by New York State Governor Kathy Hochul, to serve as a Commissioner on the New York Public Service Commission, the utility regulatory body for the state.

IREC is honored to announce that Regulatory Vice President Radina Valova has been nominated by New York State Governor Kathy Hochul, to serve as a Commissioner on the New York Public Service Commission, the utility regulatory body for the state. Radina’s nomination will now go before the New York State Senate, which will vote on her confirmation as soon as this week (an official date for the hearing has not yet been set). 

If confirmed as Commissioner, Radina will have significant authority in shaping New York’s utility and clean energy markets and its ability to meet its ambitious climate change and clean energy targets as one of seven members of the Commission. As reported by Politico, “The commission has vast authority and responsibility to hit the state’s renewable energy and zero-emission electricity targets, as well as playing a pivotal role in the transition of the gas system to reduce emissions. The PSC is managing a tightrope between growing short-term costs for the state’s transition off fossil fuels and the future climate and health benefits.”

Radina’s nomination to the New York Public Service Commission is a testament to the caliber of her electricity regulatory expertise, as well as the quality of work of IREC’s state regulatory program which Radina has led since August 2020. In this role, Radina has led IREC’s work to align state regulatory policies, particularly interconnection procedures, with best practices for the efficient and equitable growth of renewable energy that maintain grid safety and reliability. 

Prior to joining IREC, Radina served as Senior Staff Attorney and Regulatory Affairs Manager for the Pace Energy and Climate Center in White Plains, New York, where she led the Center’s engagement in New York’s Reforming the Energy Vision, developed policy solutions for decarbonizing the buildings sector, and pushed for clean and affordable energy for low- and moderate-income communities. 

Upon notification of the confirmation, IREC will publish a job opening for the Regulatory Vice President position.