Guhl-Sadovy, Abdou join BPU as commissioners

Christine Guhl-Sadovy and Marian Abdou last week joined the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities, replacing outgoing Commissioners Bob Gordon and Dianne Solomon.

Guhl-Sadovy has significant experience in energy and environmental topics. She most recently served as cabinet secretary to Gov. Phil Murphy. Prior to that, she was chief of staff at NJBPU.

Prior to serving in her role at NJBPU, Guhl-Sadovy was the legislative and political director for Planned Parenthood Action Fund of New Jersey. She began her career working on energy and environmental issues with the National Sierra Club. A lifelong New Jersey resident, Guhl-Sadovy received her bachelor’s degree from Rutgers University. She is also on the board of Anchor House Inc., a Trenton-based youth homelessness organization.

Abdou comes to the board from NRG Energy, where she was managing senior counsel. She joined NRG from Direct Energy and Hess Corp., where she served in their respective legal groups. Prior to moving in-house, Abdou worked at several law firms.

Abdou received her Juris Doctorate from Rutgers University School of Law – Newark, her MBA, with a concentration in finance, from the Rutgers Business School – Newark and her Bachelor of Science in computer science from Rutgers University.

Guhl-Sadovy and Abdou will join BPU President Joe Fiordaliso and Commissioners Mary Anna Holden and Zenon Christodoulou.

Fiordaliso welcomed them to the board.

“Our two new commissioners are distinguished individuals who are coming to the board at a very important time, as we continue to advance several important initiatives like expanding broadband access for all New Jerseyans and achieving the governor’s clean energy goals,” he said.

“Christine and Marian have an important role as state utility regulators as we work to ensure our policies meet the BPU’s mission of providing safe and reliable utility services as affordably as possible to benefit our ratepayers.”

Guhl-Sadovy said she is committed to Murphy’s clean-energy goals.

“I’m committed to the mission of the BPU and look forward to working with President Fiordaliso and my colleagues to ensure we consider the costs to customers, and the benefits to all New Jerseyans, as we strive for a clean energy future,” she said.

Abdou agreed.

“I look forward to working on the clean energy initiatives that come before us while balancing the impact our policies have on New Jersey ratepayers,” she said.