Robert R. Scott

  • Director, RGGI, Inc. Board of Directors
  • Commissioner, New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services

Robert R. Scott, was sworn in as NHDES commissioner on June 29, 2017. He has served as commissioner of the New Hampshire Public Utilities Commission since March 2012. Before that, Scott worked for NHDES for a total of 17 years in the Air Resources Division (ARD); the first eight, from 1995 to 2003, as a Mobile Source Program manager, compliance bureau administrator and deputy director, and then as the director of ARD from 2003 to 2012. During his time as director of the ARD, Scott served from 2005 to 2010 on a Governmental Advisory Committee to advise the Administrator of the US Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) on specific U.S. government policy issues related to the implementation of the North American Agreement on Environmental Cooperation with Mexico and Canada.

Scott started his career as an engineer in private industry, a position he held from 1990 to 1995, and as a munitions and aircraft maintenance officer in the US Air Force from 1986 to 1990. He recently retired as a cyberspace operations officer with the Air National Guard after 30 years of military service, having commanded three Air Force squadrons in his career. Scott has a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from Lehigh University.

He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) and is a member of the Committee on Critical Infrastructure as well as the Committee on Energy Resources and the Environment. Commissioner Scott is on the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative Inc. (RGGI) Board of Directors, and co-chairs the New England Conference of Public Utilities Commissioners' (NECPUC) subcommittee on cyber security. In 2013, he was appointed as New England States Committee on Electricity (NESCOE) manager to represent New Hampshire on regional electricity matters. He also formerly served as co-chairman of the Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships (NEEP) Evaluation, Measurement and Verification Forum Steering Committee.