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MARK DAVID GOSS served as Chairman of the Kentucky Public Service Commission from 2004 to 2008, overseeing the regulation of rates and service for more than 1500 electric, gas, water and telecommunications utilities in Kentucky.  During his tenure, the Commission resolved over 60 general utility rate cases, 12 electric transmission line certificate cases, 30 requests to transfer control of utilities including approval of the mergers of Bell South Telecommunications with AT&T and of Duke Energy with Cinergy Corporation.  Under Mark David’s leadership, the Commission also resolved numerous financing, construction request and environmental compliance cases involving electric utilities and resolved several administrative cases at the Kentucky PSC opened to investigate various electricity matters, including: the Adequacy of Kentucky’s Generation Capacity and Transmission System; the Reliability Measures of Kentucky’s Electric Distribution Utilities; and, consideration of the Federal Energy Policy Act of 2005 regarding Fuel sources and Fossil Fuel Generation Efficiency, Time Based Metering, Demand Response and Interconnection Service.

As Chairman, Mark David acted as the agency’s Chief Executive Officer where he supervised 125 employees and a multi-million dollar budget.  A leading Wall Street firm ranked the Kentucky Public Service Commission the second best public utility commission of the 50 state utility commissions in the United States for 2006 – 2007.  Mark David also served as Chairman of the Kentucky Board on Electronic Generation and Transmission Siting, which is responsible for the siting of all merchant electric generation and transmission facilities in Kentucky.

In addition to his responsibilities as Chairman of the Kentucky Public Service Commission, Mark David was formerly a member of the National Coal Council and is currently a member of the Energy Bar Association.  He has also been a member of the Advanced Coal Technology Work Group established by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) Electric Committee.  Mark David was a past Chairman of the NARUC Subcommittee on Clean Coal and Carbon Capture Technology and a member of the Boards of NARUC, Organization of MISO States and Organization of PJM States.

Mark David began his legal career in a practice with his father, Gene Goss, at Goss and Goss in Harlan Kentucky.  Most recently, Mark David was a Member of Frost Brown Todd, LLC where he practiced corporate and administrative law, concentrating on regulatory and business issues affecting electric, natural gas and water utilities.  Mark David has successfully resolved, by trial and otherwise, hundreds of civil cases before courts in both the federal and state judicial systems. Included in that number are many cases handled before various administrative and regulatory agencies.

Favorite Professional Accomplishment:

  • Serving as Chairman of the Kentucky Public Service Commission under two Kentucky Governors and being instrumental in the development and execution of energy policy at both the state and national levels.

Admitted to Practice Before:

  • United States Supreme Court
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • United States District Courts for the Eastern and Western
  • Districts of Kentucky
  • All Kentucky Courts


  • J.D. – University of Tennessee (1985)
  • B.A. – Transylvania University (1982)

Community Involvement:

  • Deacon of the Harlan Baptist Church
  • Member of the Harlan County Industrial Development Commission
  • The Kentucky Bar Association Representative on the Harlan County Judicial Center Planning Committee
  • Chairman of the Harlan Independent School Buildings and Facilities Committee
  • Board Member and Former Acting President/CEO of the Bank of Harlan

Mr. Goss has been a featured speaker at several events, including:

  • East Kentucky Power Cooerative, Inc. Annual Meeting – “A Tale of Two Cooperatives,” June 12, 2012; Winchester, Kentucky;
  • East Kentucky Power Cooperative, Annual Meeting – “Challenges and Strategies for EKPC in a World of Carbon Regulation,” June 10, 2008; Winchester, Kentucky;
  • Kentucky Association of Electric Cooperatives Managers’ Meeting – “Global Warming – Kentucky Implications,” November 19, 2007; Louisville, Kentucky;
  • Kentucky Energy Efficiency Conference – “What State Government Can Do to Advance Energy Efficiency in Kentucky,” November 16, 2007; Frankfort, Kentucky;
  • Appalachian Regional Commission Clean Coal Conference – “Generating Electricity with Clean Coal Technologies: The States Role in Cost Recovery for Utilities, “April 25, 2007; Lexington, Kentucky;
  • Kentucky Association of Electric Cooperatives Managers’ Meeting – “An Open Conversation,” April 17, 2007; Lexington, Kentucky;
  • KY Mineral Law Conference, “The Future of Coal-Fired Electric Generation in Kentucky,” October 5, 2006; Lexington, Kentucky;
  • Electric Utilities Consultants, Inc. Electric Distribution Reliability Conference – “The Diverse Terrain of Reliability Regulation: The View from Kentucky,” September 26-27, 2006; Los Angeles, California;
  • Electric Utilities Consultants, Inc. Commercializing Clean Coal Conference – “A Coal State Regulatory Perspective on Clean Coal,” September 7, 2006; Charlotte, North Carolina;
  • MACRUC Annual Conference – “Broadband Issues in Kentucky,” June 25-28, 2006; Hot Springs, Virginia;
  • Kentucky Gas Association Annual Meeting – “A PSC Perspective,” June 9, 2006; Florence, Kentucky;
  • Kentucky Public Service Commission – “Copper Theft/Electric Safety Media Event,” May 31, 2006; Fankfort, Kentucky;
  • Tennessee Valley Authority Board of Directors Meeting – “Transmission Access in the TVA Region,” May 18, 2006; Hopkinsville, Kentucky;
  • Hopkinsville Rotary Club – “Natural Gas Prices in Kentucky,” January 10, 2006; Hopkinsville, Kentucky;
  • FERC Joint Board Meeting – November 21, 2005; Chicago, Illinois;Institute for Regulatory Policy Studies Seminar – Introduction to Rate Cases and Rate Design,” July 14-15, 2005; Chicago, Illinois; and
  • Kentucky’s Energy Task Force – November 12, 2004; Lexington, Kentucky.

Mr. Goss has served as a panelist in several venues, inclucing:

  • Kentucky Association of Manufacturers – “Utility Regulation in Kentucky,” June 13, 2012; Lexington, Kentucky;
  • NARUC Winter Meetings – “Working Together: The Pew Center and Coal Energy Representatives Discuss State Options for Low Carbon Coal Policy,” February 19, 2008; Washington, DC;
  • Utility Commissioners/Wall Street Dialogue (Sponsored by Gee Strategies Group, LLC) In discussions related to Credit Rating Agencies, Security Analysts and Investment Banks’ Perspectives on Regulation and the Utility Business, July 19, 2007; New York, New York;
  • OPSI Strategic Retreat – “Energy Markets: Commitments for Supply and Alternatives,” September 19-21, 2007; Washington, DC;
  • Emerging Issues Policy Forum – “Building, Operating and Maintaining Energy Infrastructure,” September 23-25, 2007; Amelia Island, Florida;
  • NARUC Summer Meeting – “The Role of Coal Generation in a World of Greenhouse Gas Regulation,” July 15-18, 2007; New York, New York;
  • MACRUC Annual Convention – “Coal: It is the Best of Fuels…It is the Worst of Fuels,” June 3-7, 2007; Williamsburg, Virginia;
  • Coal Gasification 2007 Conference – “The Path Forward” April 10-12, 2007; Denver, Colorado;
  • Institute for Regulatory Policy Studies Conference – “Ensuring Adequate Energy Supplies in a Volatile Environment, The Roles of State and Federal Policymakers in the Current Environment,” November 30 – December 2, 2005; Springfield, Illinois;
  • National Regulatory Research Institute – “The State of Regulation: A Preview of the Big Issues Facing Commissions in 2005,” January 14-18, 2005; New Orleans, Louisiana;
  • Emerging Issues Policy Forum – “FERC’s cent Initiatives on Market Power Issues in the Electric Industry,” December 12-14, 2004; Orlando, Florida;
  • Cinergy Corporation and University of Kentucky’s Coal 2020: Burning Questions Conference – “What Will Shape Coal’s Future? The Economic, Political and Regulatory Outlook for Coal Through 2020,” October 12-13, 2004; Lexington, Kentucky; and
  • Kenergy IRC Meeting – “Coal 2020: Burning Options – The Economic and Political Outlook for Coal,” August 12, 2004; Owensboro, Kentucky.
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