Philip Wilcox, a local labor leader who has been actively involved with energy issues for many years, has been named to the state Public Service Commission.
Wilcox, a business representative for Local 97 of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers union, was confirmed this week by the state Senate. He is the only Western New Yorker on the commission and the first to serve on the regulatory panel since Garry Brown, a Williamsville resident who was chairman of the commission from 2008 to 2013.
"It will be a unique opportunity to share the workforce perspective regarding its delivery of the PSC mission for safe, reliable utility service," said Wilcox, who lives in North Tonawanda.
"There are broad based issues in front of the commission, but among the most exciting is the governor's recently approved Clean Energy Standard and its objective to further and aggressively develop clean, sustainable and cost effective sources of energy," he said.