Nancy Lange was appointed to the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission by Governor Mark Dayton in 2013, and served as Chair through 2017-2018. As Chair, she led the 5 member commission regulating Minnesota's electric, gas and telecommunications industries; had oversight of the Agency's budget and operations; and was the liaison to the Minnesota Legislature and the Governor's Office. Chair Lange led Minnesota's Grid Modernization Initiative, a multi-year effort to advance regulatory and planning approaches for an integrated and multifunctional distribution grid.
During her tenure on the Commission, Ms. Lange served on the Board of National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) and as the Chair of NARUC's Committee on Energy Resources and the Environment. She was a founding member and Chair of the Midcontinent States Environmental and Energy Regulators (MSEER) group, composed of state officials from 14 Midcontinent states that convene to discuss regional approaches to air and energy regulations. She also served as a member of the Mid-America Regulatory Conference (MARC). She was a member of the advisory group to the U.S. DOE and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory on its Future Electric Utility Regulation project.
Prior to her appointment to the Minnesota Public Utility Commission, she served as Manager of Policy and Engagement at the Center for Energy and Environment. She also held the position of Energy Director at the Izaak Walton League of America for over a decade. In these positions, she advanced energy policies at the state and federal levels, engaged in energy regulatory proceedings, conducted public outreach to support policy outcomes, and authored numerous reports and publications.
Ms. Lange's term on the MISO Board of Directors begins in 2019 and she serves on MISO's Audit and Finance Committee, Corporate Governance and Strategic Planning Committee, Human Resources Committee and System Planning Committee.
Ms. Lange holds a B.S. from Iowa State University and M.A. in Public Policy from the University of Minnesota. She is married to Robert Gordon and they have two grown daughters.