Commissioner Mark C. Christie took office on January 4, 2021, after having been nominated by President Trump in July 2020 and confirmed by the U.S. Senate on November 30, 2020.
Immediately before joining FERC, Commissioner Christie was the Chairman of the Virginia State Corporation Commission (Virginia SCC), on which he served for nearly 17 years. He was elected to the Virginia SCC, which regulates utilities, insurance and banking, three times by the Virginia legislature on bipartisan votes.
During Commissioner Christie’s service as a state regulator, he was elected president of the Organization of PJM States, Inc. (OPSI), an organization of utility regulators representing the 13 states and the District of Columbia which participate in the PJM transmission and markets organization. He served for more than a decade on the OPSI governing board. Commissioner Christie also served as president of the Mid-Atlantic Conference of Regulatory Utilities Commissioners (MACRUC), a regional chapter of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC).
Commissioner Christie taught regulatory law for a decade as an adjunct faculty member at the University of Virginia School of Law and constitutional law and government for 20 years in a doctoral program at Virginia Commonwealth University.
Commissioner Christie is a magna cum laude graduate of Wake Forest University, where he earned Phi Beta Kappa and degrees in History and English. He earned his law degree at Georgetown, where he completed a summer clerkship after his first year in the FERC Office of General Counsel, which was then housed in the old building on North Capitol Street. He is a graduate of the public schools of Welch, West Virginia, where he grew up.
Commissioner Christie served as an officer in the U.S. Marine Corps. Semper Fi.
Within AEMO’s DER Program, Nick leads Project EDGE, a practical DER Marketplace demonstration.
Project EDGE (Energy Demand and Generation Exchange) aims to develop an evidence base to shape a pathway for DER integration, at scale, into Australia’s power systems and markets that has
consumers’ best interests at its core.
Nick has held product, project management and management consulting roles focussed on the decentralisation of Australia’s power system and its economic, market and commercial implications.
Prior to entering the energy industry, Nick worked in corporate banking deal teams as a credit risk analyst.
Nick is passionate about shaping an energy system that operates in the best interests of people and the planet.