The Department is overseen by the three-member Commonwealth Utilities Commission appointed by the Secretary of the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs with approval by the Governor. The Secretary designates one of the Commissioners as Chairman. Below you can learn about our Commission.
Matthew H. Nelson, Chair
Matthew Nelson was appointed Chair of the Department of Public Utilities in February 2019. Nelson began his energy career at the Department in 2007 in the Natural Gas Division. Subsequently, Nelson served as the Supervisor of Regulatory, Policy, and Planning for Eversource Energy as part of the nationally recognized Mass Save program. Returning to the Department, Nelson became the Director of Electric Power, and Regional and Federal Affairs. During Nelson’s time at the Department, he has investigated a wide range of utility issues, including grid modernization investments, general rate case issues, solar and renewable energy development, energy efficiency, climate strategies, competitive supply, and storm restoration issues. Nelson’s work at the Department and elsewhere has focused on reducing costs to ratepayers while improving reliability and continuing to drive down greenhouse gas emissions. Nelson is a graduate of Stonehill College and he holds a Master’s degree in economics from Tufts University.
Robert Hayden, Commissioner
Bob Hayden joined the Department of Public Utilities in 2001 and served as a Hearing Officer in the Legal Division and focused on enforcement in the Pipeline Safety Division. Prior to joining the Department of Public Utilities, Bob was a prosecutor with the Plymouth County District Attorney’s Office where he prosecuted nearly two hundred trials for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Bob is a graduate of the State University of New York at Plattsburgh and the University Of Massachusetts School Of Law.
Cecile M. Fraser, Commissioner
Cecile Fraser was appointed as a Commissioner to the Department of Public Utilities in June of 2017. Prior to her appointment, Cecile served with the Department as counsel in the Division of Regional and Federal Affairs and the Consumer Division.
Cecile is an attorney with over a decade of experience in the energy and utilities industry. Prior to joining the Department, Cecile worked in private law practice and as an in-house counsel engaged in a range of matters involving utility rates and regulation, infrastructure siting, consumer service issues and related activities. As counsel with the Department, Cecile has worked on issues involving New England’s wholesale electric markets and transmission system, as well as consumer issues.
Cecile received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Fordham University and her J.D. from Rutgers University School of Law-Camden.