Rajnish “Raj” Barua was selected to serve as the new executive director of the Delaware Public Service Commission, filling the position to be vacated by Robert Howatt.

Barua will begin his tenure as executive director on June 1.

Barua, a resident of Newark, has experience in regulatory policy, restructuring of the electric industry, regional energy markets and related matters. Most recently, he served as executive director of the National Regulatory Research Institute. He was executive director of the Organization of PJM States Inc., energy adviser to the chairman of the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission, director of the Integrated Resource Planning Division of the Maryland Public Service Commission, a regulatory policy administrator with the Delaware Public Service Commission and deputy principal assistant to the Delaware Division of the Public Advocate. Barua holds a Ph.D. from the University of Delaware, specializing in energy policy.

Howatt retired from the executive director post after 15 years with the PSC. While serving as director, he led several important initiatives involving the PSC staff, including the $6.8 billion Exelon-Pepco Holdings Inc. merger proceeding.

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