Former state rep. lands on Public Service Commission

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    Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has appointed Dan Scripps, an energy policy expert and former state House representative, to serve on the Michigan Public Service Commission.

    Dan Scripps

    Scripps, a Democrat from Northport who’s currently program director for Midwest Policy for the Energy Foundation, will fill a vacant slot on the three-member commission that provides oversight of the state’s public utilities.

    “I have full confidence that Dan Scripps will ensure we have a reliable and affordable energy supply to keep our economy moving and keep families safe,” Whitmer said in a statement. “We need to continuously find innovative ways to keep the lights on and the heat flowing, and Dan is the right guy for the job.”

    Scripps’ appointment will be subject to the advice and consent of the state Senate.

    Whitmer will soon have another appointment to the commission, as Commissioner Norman Saari’s term ends in July. He was a former staffer for Republicans including former Gov. Rick Snyder and former state Sen. Jason Allen.

    Gretchen Whitmer

    Scripps served one term in the Michigan House of Representatives from 2009 to 2011. He ran for his old House seat in 2016, but was defeated by Republican Curt VanderWall, now a state senator.

    Scripps also worked at the Michigan Energy Innovation Business Council, as did Liesl Clark, who’s now the head of the Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE).

    In a tweet on Friday afternoon, Scripps said he was “honored” and “excited” to be appointed to the commission.

    Nick Manes
    Nick Manes covers West Michigan, business and labor, health care and the safety net. He previously spent six years as a reporter at MiBiz covering commercial real estate, economic development and all manner of public policy at the local and state levels. His byline also has appeared in Route Fifty and The Daily Beast. When not reporting around the state or furiously tweeting, he enjoys spending time with his girlfriend, Krista, biking around his hometown of Grand Rapids and torturing himself rooting for the Detroit Lions.

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