Jeanne Fox | Advisory Board
Jeanne Fox recently served as a Commissioner of the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities, having served as President of the Board from 2002 to 2010. During her tenure as BPU President, New Jersey’s role in national and regional energy policy has significantly increased. Over the past 10 years, the BPU has facilitated the exponential growth of New Jersey's solar photovoltaic market, growing from six installations in 2001 to more than 18,000 installations currently (second in the nation only to California in the number of installations), through the simultaneous implementation of a solar rebate program, model net metering and interconnection standards, and the nation’s first Solar Renewable Energy Certificates (SRECs) trading program. Under Ms. Fox's leadership, the Board transitioned New Jersey’s solar program from a rebate-driven model to a fiscally responsible market-based system that will foster the continued growth of solar energy use in the state without significant government/ratepayer subsidies.
Ms. Fox was an integral member of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) Board of Directors from its inception in 2003 until 2010. This 10-state Northeastern coalition negotiated a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for reducing carbon emissions from stationary power sources using trading certificates, the first plan of its kind in the United States that will help reduce carbon emissions. As a member of the planning group, President Fox helped the MOU become a more salient agreement by ensuring that consumers benefit from the proceeds and low-income consumers are protected.
Ms. Fox is active with the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) as a member of the Board of Directors; member of the Sub Committee on Education and Research; Chair of the Committee on Energy Resources and the Environment; and member of the Committee on Critical Infrastructure. She is also Chair of the Electric Power Research Institute’s (EPRI) Public Advisory Council on Smart Grid; member of the Harvard Electricity Policy Group (HEPG) as well the National Council on Electricity Policy (NCEP), having served as its chair for five years; is on the Board of the National Regulatory Research Institute Research Advisory Committee (NRRI-RAC); and is a member of the National Petroleum Council. NCEP is a consortium of NARUC, the National Governors’ Association, National Council of State Legislatures, NASEO, the U.S. DOE, U.S. EPA, and the FERC. She served as: President of the Mid-Atlantic Conference of Regulatory Utilities Commissioners; a member of the National Academy of Science Panel on Public Participation in Environmental Assessment and Decision Making; National Leadership Group on Energy Efficiency; the Advisory Council to the Board of Directors of the Electric Power Research Institute; and the Department of Energy’s Electricity Advisory Committee.
During President Fox's tenure, the BPU led the nation both in energy efficiency and clean energy policy. Some of the accolades President Fox and BPU received include the Golden Meter Award for Best Statewide Net Metering Program in the U.S., Network for New Energy Choices Award, the Sierra Club's Outstanding Achievement Award, the Solar Energy Industries Association’s Solar Champion (2005), the NJ Clean Communities Appreciation Award, AARP’s Leadership on Utility Consumer Issues Award, the National Solar Industry Association’s Award for Outstanding Leadership in Policy Development for Clean Energy and the New Jersey Environmental Lobby's Environmentalist of the Year (2001). Ms. Fox previously served as Regional Administrator of the United States Environmental Protection Agency where she had jurisdiction over New Jersey, New York, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. She also has served as Commissioner and Deputy Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and Energy.
Ms. Fox received a bachelor's degree from Douglass College, Rutgers University and a Juris Doctor from the Rutgers University School of Law. She has been honored by Rutgers University, with the Douglass Society Award (1993), the Rutgers University Hall of Distinguished Alumni Award (1997), the Rutgers School of Law-Camden Arthur E. Armitage, Sr. Distinguished Alumni Award (2011) and the Rutgers Alumni Association Loyal Daughter Award (2013).
Ms. Fox resides in New Brunswick.