John Albers is an accomplished and respected practitioner in utility law and regulation. John served as an Administrative Law Judge at the Illinois Commerce Commission for 17 years. The Commission, which administers the Illinois Public Utilities Act (PUA), has jurisdiction over, among other things, public utility rates, services, facilities, and practices. As an ALJ, John presided over administrative hearings, which included setting case schedules, conducting evidentiary hearings, reviewing filed testimony, exhibits, motions and briefs, making various rulings and resolving disputes among parties, and drafting proposed final orders for the Commissioners’ consideration. John resolved contested issues among adversarial parties in a variety of procedurally, legally, and technically complex cases involving utilities and other entities in the electric, natural gas, water, sewer, and telecommunications industries. One of John’s recent significant cases was the $1.1 billion, 375 mile long, 345 kV electric transmission line project proposed by Ameren, called the Illinois Rivers Project. Ameren filed for approval under the PUA’s expedited procedure, which increased the challenges of conducting the proceeding with the substantial number of parties and contentious issues raised by those opposed to various portions of the project. John successfully presided over this difficult case.
While at the Commission John also reviewed and developed revisions to proposed legislation, led workshops involving multiple parties to develop mediation and arbitration alternatives to litigation, and presided over the recent $30 million solar power procurement by the Illinois Power Agency.
Before going to work at the Commission, John was with a private law firm in Springfield, IL.
John earned his undergraduate degree, summa cum laude, at Illinois State University, and graduated cum laude from the University of Illinois College of Law in 1997.