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 Rebecca Cameron Valcq
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 Law Firm 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.
She is a member of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners and serves on the Committee on Water, and the Subcommittee on Supplier and Workforce Diversity.
Becky earned her undergraduate degree from Drake University and her law degree from Marquette University.
She was named a “40 Under 40” by the Milwaukee Business Journal in 2013 and received a Girl Scout Leadership G.I.R.L. award in 2019. She has served on a number of non-profit boards of directors including Centro Legal, Cristo Rey Jesuit High School, Hispanic Professionals of Greater Milwaukee and the Girl Scouts of Wisconsin Southeast. She was a member of the United Way’s Teenage Pregnancy Prevention Committee and Marquette University Law School’s Diversity Committee.
She resides in Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin with her husband Rob and their two daughters.
Commissioner Valcq can be reached via her Executive Staff Assistant, Josh Cole. Please email him at: Joshua.Cole@wisconsin.gov
Commissioner 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 of 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 Renovate Initiative. 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, Pamela Cook. Please email her at: Pamela.Cook@wisconsin.gov