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 Public Service Commission of Wisconsin 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 PSC of Wisconsin in March 2015.
As Second Vice President, Chairperson Nowak serves on the Executive Committee and the Board of Directors for the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC). Her duties at NARUC also include serving on the Committee on Energy Resources and the Environment and the Task Force on Environmental Regulation and Generation. Chairperson Nowak also serves 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.
Prior to her appointment, she 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, Chairperson Nowak practiced business litigation at Mallery & Zimmerman S.C. in Milwaukee.
Chairperson Nowak has a law degree from Marquette University and a Bachelor of Science from the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee.
Chairperson Nowak can be reached via her Executive Staff Assistant, Sandy Paske. Please email her at:
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, Char Smith. Please email her at: Charlene.Clay@wisconsin.gov
Commissioner Lon Roberts
Lon E. Roberts was appointed to a six-year term at the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin by Governor Scott Walker in March 2017 and confirmed by the State Senate in April 2017.
Governor Walker previously appointed Roberts to the positions of Secretary of the Department of Financial Institutions in February, 2016, and prior to becoming Secretary, Roberts served as chair of the State of Wisconsin Investment Board, and as a committee member of the Governor’s Judicial Selection Advisory Committee. Roberts joined the law firm of Ruder Ware in Wausau Wisconsin upon graduating from law school in 1973 and concentrated his 43 years of practice in business and commercial law, primarily in the area of corporate mergers and acquisitions and finance and private equity capital transactions. Roberts served as the firm’s president from 1999-2010.
Lon and his wife Mary live in Wausau Wisconsin. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin (Stevens Point) with his B.S and graduated from the University of Wisconsin (Madison) with his J.D. Named one of the best lawyers in America, Lon has served as an officer and director of many civil and community organizations including the, Wausau Region Chamber of Commerce, the UW-Stevens Point Foundation, the Leigh Yawkey Woodsen Art Museum, the Grand Theatre Foundation and several private foundations.
Commissioner Roberts can be reached via his Executive Staff Assistant, Char Smith. Please email her at: Charlene.Clay@wisconsin.gov