"Maryland PSC Appointee With Ties To Fossil Fuels Withdraws"

"ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Gov. Wes Moore’s nominee to the Maryland Public Service Commission withdrew from consideration on Tuesday, after environmentalists criticized the appointment of someone who was an official in the fossil fuel industry.

Juan Alvarado, senior director of energy analysis at the American Gas Association, announced his withdrawal in a statement released by the governor’s office. Before working at the association, Alvarado had served as a staff member at the PSC for 12 years.

“After considerable reflection, I have decided to withdraw my nomination for personal reasons,” Alvarado said. “I firmly believe in Governor Moore’s leadership and vision, and know he will continue moving Maryland towards meeting its vital climate goals. I stand ready to help him however I can going forward.”

The Washington Post reported Monday that leading environmental groups in Maryland had raised serious concerns about elevating a fossil fuel industry official to a position on a statewide panel of significance on climate-related issues. The PSC, which has five members, regulates utilities and energy suppliers."

Brian Witte reports for the Associated Press February 28, 2023.

Source: AP, 03/01/2023