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Commissioners & Staff

Commissioners are appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the Governor's Council for six year staggered terms. Staff: 18.

Daniel C. Goldner, Chairman

Dan Goldner was appointed to serve as Chair of the New Hampshire Public Utilities Commission in November 2021. Dan's term on the Commission concludes on July 1, 2025. Dan comes to the PUC after more than 30 years in high technology. Dan started his career as a design engineer and went on to hold executive leadership roles in finance, accounting, operations, marketing, engineering, and program management. He has extensive experience in finance and acquisition activities. After working as the Controller for a California based acquisition, he was Vice President, growing a high performance analog semiconductor business from $800 million to $3 billion in four years. He then spent three years in Oslo, Norway with a high-tech start-up acquisition and was responsible for utility related product development and applications. After repatriating to Manchester in 2010, he managed next generation technology development for a $1 billion Power Electronics business. Dan retired from the semiconductor business in 2019 and since then has been focused on growing the family farming business.

Commissioner Goldner holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Kansas St University and an MBA from Southern Methodist University.


Pradip K. Chattopadhyay, Commissioner Pradip K. Chattopadhyay, Commissioner

Pradip Chattopadhyay was appointed to serve as a Commissioner of the New Hampshire Public Utilities Commission in December 2021. Pradip’s term on the Commission concludes on July 1, 2027. Pradip has a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Washington, and has a M.Sc in Economics from the University of Calcutta, India. He has been involved in Energy matters for the last 22 years, of which he has spent working almost 20 years in NH. He has previously worked as a Senior Advisor with the NHPUC, the Assistant Consumer Advocate with the Office of the Consumer Advocate, a Utility Analyst with NHPUC, and briefly with Liberty Utilities in NH. He has also worked in Minnesota with the State’s Attorney General’s Office, and in India as a consultant as well as an Economist with the Uttar Pradesh Electricity Regulatory Commission. He has some peer reviewed publications in Energy Policy and International Economics. He has provided numerous testimonies on Cost of Capital, and other gas and electric matters before NHPUC and Minnesota’s PUC. He has extensive experience working on regional electric matters and has participated on behalf of NHPUC and NHOCA in many ISO-NE, NEPOOL and FERC meetings and proceedings. He has also taught Economics as an Adjunct Faculty at Southern New Hampshire University since 2005.




Pradip K. Chattopadhyay, Commissioner Carleton B. Simpson, Commissioner

Carleton Simpson was appointed to serve as a Commissioner of the New Hampshire Public Utilities Commission in November 2021. Carleton’s term on the Commission concludes on July 1, 2029. Carleton has a J.D. focused on Energy and Environmental Law from Suffolk University Law School, a M.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute, and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of New Hampshire. Carleton started his career at Unitil as an engineer responsible for developing regulatory compliance programs pertaining to FERC and NERC electric reliability standards. He then served as the company’s Director of Government Affairs and subsequently as in-house legal Regulatory Counsel. In these roles, Carleton was responsible for leading clean energy strategy efforts before legislators and regulators in New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Maine, and federal delegations. He has served as an expert witness in numerous proceedings pertaining to solar generation development, electric vehicle infrastructure and adoption programs, and time of use (TOU) rate design. Carleton has extensive experience working on matters pertaining to electricity and natural gas distribution and transmission, cyber security, electrification, decarbonization, and energy market regulation.

Commissioner Simpson has been a member in good standing of the New Hampshire Bar and Federal District of New Hampshire Bar since 2019.



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