WPPI Energy, a US-based supplier of wholesale electricity, has appointed Dan Ebert as vice president of policy and external affairs, effective February 16, 2009. He will be responsible for the legislative and regulatory affairs, corporate communication, and policy development functions for the company. Ebert served as chair of the public service commission (PSC) of Wisconsin from March 2005 to May 2008 and has most recently worked as an independent consultant.

“WPPI Energy and its members are very pleased to welcome Dan Ebert to our senior management team,” said WPPI Energy president and chief executive officer Roy Thilly. “Dan’s significant utility industry expertise and leadership experience make him a strong addition to our organization.”

Prior to being appointed PSC chair, Ebert served as executive assistant to PSC Chair Bernie Bridge. He also served as transition personnel director for Governor Doyle when the Governor was first elected in 2002. During his 14-year career in Washington, D.C., Ebert worked in both the US Senate and the US House of Representatives. During his final two years in Washington, Ebert was Legislative Director for Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee member Maria Cantwell (D-Washington), serving as a senior policy advisor and managing a 15-person legislative office. Dan also served as the executive director for the nation’s first Internet-focused trade association, Net Coalition.com, and as the country director for the National Democratic Institute in Kiev, Ukraine.

A Wisconsin native, Ebert grew up in Watertown and received a Bachelor of Science Degree in both Political Science and Economics from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.