John Quain is the former Chairman of Pennsylvania’s Public Utility Commission (PUC), where he served from 1993-2001. When he stepped down, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Ridge said: “During his eight years as a Commissioner, Mr. Quain led Pennsylvania’s movement to the forefront of utility regulation. “ “His insight and skills have helped to make Pennsylvania the No. 1 state in the nation for electric competition, saving consumers billions so far. As a result of John’s efforts, we’ve introduced competition to the natural-gas market as well, and we’re on the verge of bringing competition to the local telephone market. Gov. Ridge added: “I truly believe that there has not been a more dedicated, effective utility policy leader in the United States.
The Philadelphia Inquirer said: “Quain has received much credit for helping to craft Pennsylvania’s deregulation of electricity, a model regarded as among the country’s best.”
From 2001 until his retirement in 2013, Mr. Quain was a partner at Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC, chairing the national law office’s Energy and Utility Law practice.
Mr. Quain obtained his JD from Temple University in 1980.