The Public Service Commission of Wisconsin (PSC) is composed of three full-time Commissioners who decide the cases brought to the PSC for changes in utility operations, rates and for construction projects after a complete and thorough review of all the records compiled in the case, including public comments. Commissioners are appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the State Senate for staggered, six-year terms.
One of these Commissioners is appointed chairperson by the Governor for a two-year term. The Commissioners’ Office, under the direction of the Chairperson, has oversight of all PSC staff-related activities.
Warning: rules regarding ex parte communications
Any communications with individual Commissioners on contested cases before the commission may constitute a prohibited ex parte communication [Wis. Stat. § 227.50]. If you wish to comment on the record on a pending matter, please do not contact individual commissioners. The PSC has established an official method for receiving public comments that can be accessed at the PSC Comments page on our web site. Only comments submitted in this manner will be officially recorded and reviewed by Commissioners before deciding pending cases.
Chairperson Ellen Nowak
Ellen Nowak was first appointed to the Wisconsin Public Service Commission in July 2011 by Governor Scott Walker. She was reconfirmed for a new, six-year term beginning on March 1, 2013. Commissioner Nowak was named Chairperson of the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin in March of 2015. In March of 2018 Governor Walker appointed her as Secretary of the Department of Administration. She served in that role until the end of the Governor’s term and was then reappointed as chairperson on the PSC in January 2019.
Ellen currently serves on the Board of Directors for the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC). She currently is a member of NARUC’s Committee on Gas and the Smart Electric Power Association’s Regulatory Process and Innovation Initiative Task Force. She previously served on the Executive Committee for NARUC and served as its First Vice President. Her duties at NARUC also included serving on the Committee on Energy Resources and the Environment and the Task Force on Environmental Regulation and Generation. Commissioner Nowak also served on the Advisory Council to the Board of Directors for the Electric Power Research Institute, the Advisory Council for the Center for Public Utilities and the Advisory Committee for the Critical Consumers Issues Forum.
Previously, Ellen served as the chief of staff to Waukesha County Executive, Dan Vrakas. From 2002-2006, she served as legal counsel and subsequent chief of staff to the Speaker of the Wisconsin Assembly. She also later worked as the deputy director of School Choice Wisconsin. From 1998-2002, Ellen practiced business litigation at Mallery & Zimmerman SC in Milwaukee.
Ellen has a law degree from Marquette University and a Bachelor of Science from the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee.
Commissioner Nowak can be reached via her Executive Staff Assistant, Kathy Endres. Please email her at: Kathy.Endres@wisconsin.gov
Commissioner Mike Huebsch
Mike Huebsch was appointed to a six-year term at the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin by Governor Scott Walker on March 1, 2015, and confirmed by the state Senate in April 2015.
Commissioner Huebsch began state service in 1995 representing western Wisconsin’s 94th Assembly District for sixteen years as a Republican in the state Legislature. He served two terms on the budget-writing Joint Finance Committee, including one as vice-chair. In the following years, he was elected by his colleagues to serve first as Assembly Majority Leader and then as Assembly Speaker. As Speaker, he led the negotiations on Wisconsin’s $60 billion budget and set the policy agenda for the state Assembly. He was also responsible for managing the budget and personnel policies of the 99 member body and more than 200 staff.
Upon his inauguration in 2011, Governor Walker appointed Commissioner Huebsch to the top cabinet position as Secretary of the Department of Administration. In addition to advising Governor Walker on state policy and operations, he managed the Governor’s cabinet agencies as well as nearly 1000 staff and $1 billion annual budget in 13 different divisions, overseeing everything from state budget and finance to the Capitol Police.
Commissioner Huebsch has always approached policymaking with the knowledge that when Wisconsin leads, much of the nation follows. As he brings over 20 years of state government experience to the PSC today, he continues to believe that answers to many of the challenges facing Wisconsin and other states around the country will be found here at home.
Commissioner Huebsch was born in Milwaukee and has been a resident of La Crosse County for the last 45 years. He graduated from Onalaska High School and attended Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He lives in West Salem with his wife, Valerie, and their two children, Ryan and Brett.
Commissioner Huebsch can be
reached via his Executive Staff Assistant, Pamela Cook. Please email her at: Pamela.Cook@wisconsin.gov
Rebecca Cameron Valcq was appointed by Governor Tony Evers as Commissioner at the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin for a six-year term beginning on January 7, 2019. Governor Evers also appointed her as Commission Chairperson for a two-year term effective March 2, 2019. Prior to her appointments, Becky was a partner at Quarles & Brady in the energy, environment and natural resources practice group. Previous to that position she was regulatory counsel for Wisconsin Electric Power Company where she advised management on all areas of regulatory law in multiple jurisdictions as well as compliance matters.
Cameron Valcq earned her undergraduate degree from Drake University and her law degree from Marquette University.
Commissioner Valcq can be reached via her Executive Staff Assistant, Kathy Endres. Please email her at: Kathy.Endres@wisconsin.gov