Tom Getz has over 30 years of experience in energy and public utility matters in New Hampshire, New York, New England, Washington D.C., and Canada, including a decade as Chairman of the New Hampshire Public Utilities Commission, where he served as administrative head of the agency and presided over Commission proceedings concerning electric, natural gas, telecommunications and water utilities. He also served as Chairman of the Nuclear Decommissioning Finance Committee (responsible for the Seabrook decommissioning fund), and Vice Chair of the Site Evaluation Committee (presiding over the Lempster, Granite Reliable and Groton wind farm cases).
On behalf of the New England Governors, Tom managed the effort to create the New England States Committee on Electricity (NESCOE), which focuses on resource adequacy and transmission planning in the region. As its President, he led the effort to create the Governors' Renewable Energy Blueprint. Tom also represented New Hampshire on the Eastern Interconnection States' Planning Council, an ongoing effort funded by the U.S. Department of Energy to evaluate transmission development options throughout the eastern interconnection (the 39 states and the Canadian provinces east of the Rocky Mountains). He co-chaired the Transmission Cost Containment Working Group established by the New England Conference of Public Utility Commissioners (NECPUC), NEPOOL, and the New England Independent System Operator, which instituted protocols to ensure more accurate and timely forecasts of transmission project costs. As President of NECPUC, Tom developed the strategy that led to the creation of a forward capacity market in New England. In addition, he represented New Hampshire at meetings of the New England Governors and Eastern Canadian Premiers, as well as the related Northeast International Committee on Energy.
Tom's experience in other related subject matters includes emergency preparedness and security, and organizational design and behavior. During natural disasters, he worked closely with the Governor and Director of Emergency Management to ensure that power and telecommunications were restored promptly, communicating directly with utilities, local emergency managers, legislators, the Executive Council, and the media, and conducting the after action reviews of events such as the December '08 Ice Storm. Tom reorganized the Public Utilities Commission in 2002 to differentiate roles by industry in order to create greater accountability and increase efficiency. He also headed the state's Information Technology Service Consolidation Review Committee in 2005, and authored the report which recommended that applications personnel and other mission critical personnel be placed under the effective control of Department Heads.
In addition, Tom has communications and public policy expertise in areas of legislative and governmental affairs, and negotiation and alternative dispute resolution. Tom regularly testified before committees in the New Hampshire House and Senate, collaborated with other agencies such as the Office of Energy and Planning, Department of Environmental Services, Department of Resources and Economic Development and Department of Transportation, and worked on legislative matters with the New Hampshire congressional delegation, as well as delegations throughout the region. Furthermore, he was a principal negotiator in successfully settling federal court litigation over restructuring of the electric industry in New Hampshire.