Terry Barnich Award for Promoting International Cooperation

The Terry Barnich Award for Promoting International Cooperation Among Utility Regulators and Development of Professional Regulation is the highest honor bestowed by the NARUC Committee on International Relations. Presented annually, the award recognizes a commissioner or staff member from a state regulatory body or affiliated organization for outstanding contributions to NARUC’s international efforts.

The award honors the memory of the former Chairman of the Illinois Commerce Commission (1989 to 1992), Terrence "Terry" Barnich, who was killed on Memorial Day, May 25, 2009, while working as the Deputy Director of the State Department office overseeing U.S. reconstruction projects in Iraq. He was a dedicated public servant and an active NARUC member.


2023 Award: Commission David Danner, Chair, Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission

2022 Award: Commissioner Dan Scripps, Chair, Michigan Public Service Commission


2020 Award: Commissioner Diane X. Burman, New York State Public Service Commission


2019 Award: Andrew O. Melnykovych, Kentucky Public Service Commission


2018 Award: Elijah Abinah, Arizona Corporation Commission, and Dr. Udeozo Ogbue, District of Columbia Public Service Commission


2017 Award: Andreas D. Thanos, Gas Policy Specialist, Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities


2016 Award: Commissioner Philip B. Jones, Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission, and Dr. Raj Addepalli, Managing Director for Utility Rates and Services, New York Public Service Commission


2015 Award: Commissioner Paul Roberti, Rhode Island Public Utilities Commission


2014 Award: Denise Parrish, Deputy Administrator, Wyoming Public Service Commission, Office of Consumer Advocate, and William Smith, Executive Director, Organization of MISO States



2013 Award: Kim Wissman, Director, Energy and Environment Department of Ohio



2012 Award: Commissioner David Boyd, Minnesota Public Utilities Commission




2011 Award: Chairman Kevin Gunn, Missouri Public Service Commission