|James Volz was appointed Chairman of the Vermont Public Service Board by Governor James Douglas for a six-year term beginning on March 1, 2005. He currently serves on the Electric Committee of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners, chairs the Electricity Committee of the New England Conference of Public Utility Commissioners and sits on the Board of Directors of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, which he helped to create. He also serves on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's Northeast Joint Board on Security Constrained Economic Dispatch and FERC's Federal/State Collaborative on Demand Response.
Mr. Volz has extensive public utility regulatory experience. Prior to his appointment to the Public Service Board, he worked for the Vermont Department of Public Service for twenty years, sixteen of those as the Director for Public Advocacy, representing the interests of the public in regulated utility matters before Vermont and federal regulatory agencies and courts. As Director for Public Advocacy, Mr. Volz directed all Department litigation; supervised an in-house staff of six lawyers; supervised outside counsel in matters before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the Federal Communications Commission, and federal appeals courts; drafted legislation; testified at the legislature; and advised the Commissioner of the Department of Public Service and the Governor on utility matters.
Mr. Volz came to Vermont in 1981 to work for the Vermont Supreme Court as a clerk for then Justice Franklin S. Billings, Jr. He next served as a Deputy State's Attorney in Brattleboro, followed by a period of time in private practice in Burlington.
Mr. Volz received his B.A. from Boston University and his J.D. from Franklin Pierce Law Center.