Board cites management skills, public utility expertise and record of accomplishment
√ Driscoll to assist in execution of Hochul’s energy plan, NYPA’s ‘VISION2030’ 10-year strategy
Earlier this week, the New York Power Authority’s board of trustees and the Canal Corp.’s board of directors voted to appoint Justin E. Driscoll as president and CEO of the Power Authority and the Canal Corp., subject to New York State Senate confirmation.
Last week, Gov. Kathy Hochul recommended Driscoll be appointed to lead the nation’s largest state-owned electric utility. He has served as interim president and CEO since Gil C. Quiniones resigned in October 2021.
NYPA Chairman John R. Koelmel said Driscoll was selected for the permanent position after a nine-month extensive national search.
“Justin has shown in his interim role how well he can serve the people of New York state, and it’s clear that he’s the best person for the job,” Koelmel said. “He has demonstrated a deep understanding of the utility industry and NYPA’s 90-year public power legacy. I know that he will continue to lead this organization expertly, as we execute on our ambitious ‘VISION2030’ 10-year strategy and help implement Gov. Hochul’s nation-leading energy plan.”
Driscoll said, “I am honored to be selected to lead the Power Authority as we transition to a carbon-free, economically vibrant New York. Our role is to create a clean energy future for the people of New York state – and I know we’ll fulfill this commitment as we support New York’s nation-leading climate goals. With ‘VISION203,’ our 10-year strategic plan, we have a strong path forward as we keep our culture strong and equitable, reimagine the canals and rethink New York’s energy system.”
Driscoll previously served as chief legal officer of NYPA. Before joining NYPA, he was engaged in the private practice of law and represented clients that included Fortune 500 companies, governmental entities and energy companies in complex commercial litigation and regulatory matters.
Driscoll serves on several boards, including the Alliance to Save Energy, New York City's Urban Green Council, the Large Public Power Council, and the World Resources Institute's global energy advisory board.