David P. Littell is a Commissioner of the Maine Public Utilities Commission appointed by Governor Baldacci and confirmed by the Maine Senate in August of 2010. He previously served as Commissioner of Maine's Department of Environmental Protection from 2005 to 2010 before his appointment to the Maine PUC. He has implemented major initiatives ranging from Maine's Climate Action Plan, including Maine's implementation of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, to protections for Maine's threatened high-value wildlife habitats for wading birds, shorebirds and waterfowl to eliminating toxics in children's products.
Commissioner Littell serves as Chairman of RGGI Inc, the regional entity established by the ten RGGI-states to jointly administer the first market-based greenhouse gas reduction program in the U.S. He also represents Maine as member of the Eastern Interconnect States Planning Committee, as an executive committee member of The Climate Registry, and is the immediate past co-chair of the New England Governors/Eastern Canadian Premiers Environment Committee and past chair of the New England Governor's Committee on the Environment. Governor Baldacci designated Commissioner Littell to represent Maine at the COP-15 talks in Copenhagen where he spoke at four UNFCC side-events.
Commissioner Littell received his Juris Doctor from Harvard Law School in 1992, cum laude, and his A.B. from Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs in 1989, magna cum laude, phi beta keta. The University of Maine, Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center, recognized his work on climate change mitigation and adaptation by inviting him to serve as a Distinguished Maine Policy Fellow in 2010. He served as a lieutenant commander in the U.S. Navy Reserves in naval intelligence at South Weymouth and Brunswick Navel Air Stations. He lives in Portland with two daughters Brickley (11) and Georgia (7) who attend Longfellow Elementary School. They enjoy cross-country skiing, and hiking among other outdoor activities.