Columbus, Ohio -- Today, PUCO Chairman Asim Haque announced his resignation, effective March 1, 2019. The following statement can be attributed in full, or in part, to Trish Demeter, Vice President of Energy Policy at the Ohio Environmental Council Action Fund:
“I’d like to thank Chairman Haque for his service, and much-needed leadership on the issue of modernizing the grid in Ohio, and wish him all the best as he transitions to a new role.
“As Governor DeWine considers an appointment for the next PUCO Chair, I urge him to choose a pragmatic leader who will continue Chairman Haque's commitment to customers being better enabled to innovate at their homes and businesses, steering utilities to make investments that will yield greater grid efficiencies overall, and to ready our electric grid for unstoppable clean energy trends.
“Ohio consumers need an unbiased, forward-thinking leader at the helm of the PUCO, who will recognize the benefits of moving our state toward a clean energy future. As our neighboring states experience the positive impacts of a booming clean energy economy, Ohioans deserve those same benefits. We look forward to engaging with a PUCO Chair who is open-minded, forward-thinking and objective as they take on the huge responsibility of regulating Ohio’s electric sector.”