Willie L. Phillips was sworn in today as a member of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.
Phillips is serving a five-year term that ends June 30, 2026. President Joe Biden nominated him to the position in September; the U.S. Senate confirmed his nomination November 16.
Commissioner Phillips most recently served as the Chairman of the Public Service Commission of the District of Columbia (DCPSC), serving in that capacity since 2018, and serving on the Commission since 2014. He is an experienced regulatory attorney combining nearly 20 years of legal expertise in public and private practice. He has an extensive background in the areas of public utility regulation, bulk power system reliability, and corporate governance.
Prior to his DCPSC service Commissioner Phillips served as Assistant General Counsel for the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC), in Washington, D.C. Before joining NERC, he also worked for two law firms, where he advised clients on energy regulatory compliance and policy matters.
Commissioner Phillips has served on the boards of several organizations, including the board of directors for the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) and the Organization of PJM States (OPSI). He has also served as president of the Mid-Atlantic Conference of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (MACRUC), and has held leadership roles on several advisory councils, including the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) Advisory Council.
Commissioner Phillips has a Juris Doctor from Howard University School of Law, and a Bachelor of Science from the University of Montevallo. He lives in Washington, D.C., with his wife and two children.