Douglas J. Howe

Douglas J. Howe

Governor Appointee

Dr. Douglas Howe is a Director with the Western Grid Group and has over 35 years of experience in the global utilities industries. He has served as a consultant and advisor to the global power industry, as a U.S. state utility regulator, and as a utility executive.

Dr. Howe is formerly the chair of the Governing Body of the Western Energy Imbalance Market, stepping off the Governing Body in 2018. He has served and continues to serve as a senior consultant to several governmental and non-governmental organizations on environmental and regulatory matters. He has provided expert witness testimony in proceedings in Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, Nevada, and Michigan.

In 2011, the New Mexico governor appointed Dr. Howe as Commissioner of the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission. At the time he served as commissioner, the New Mexico PRC regulated electricity, gas, water, telephone, transportation and insurance rates within the state.

Prior to joining the New Mexico PRC, Dr. Howe worked for international consultancy IHS Cambridge Energy Research Associates (now called IHS Markit) where he led the Global Power Group consulting group, leading projects throughout the Middle East, Asia, Europe, and North America.

Previously, Dr. Howe was Vice President of Regulatory Policy for GPU Inc, a multinational utility company, and was Vice President for Customer Operations at Jersey Central Power & Light, Metropolitan Edison, and Pennsylvania Electric Companies. Dr. Howe started his career as an Assistant Professor of Mathematics at Haverford College in suburban Philadelphia.

Dr. Howe received his Ph.D. and M.S. degrees from the University of Pennsylvania, where he was a Franklin Scholar and a B.S. degree summa cum laude from Kansas State University. He is a graduate of the Duke University Fuqua School of Business Advanced Management Program.