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Mark David Goss



Experience in Government


Mark David Goss served as Chairman of the Kentucky Public Service Commission from 2004 to 2008, overseeing the regulation of rates and service for more than 1500 electric, gas, water and telecommunications utilities in Kentucky. During his tenure, the Commission resolved over 60 general utility rate cases, 12 electric transmission line certificate cases, 30 requests to transfer control of utilities including approval of the mergers of Bell South Telecommunications with AT&T and of Duke Energy with Cinergy Corporation. Under Mark David’s leadership, the Commission also resolved numerous financing, construction request and environmental compliance cases involving electric utilities and resolved several administrative cases at the Kentucky PSC opened to investigate various electricity matters, including: the Adequacy of Kentucky’s Generation Capacity and Transmission System; the Reliability Measures of Kentucky’s Electric Distribution Utilities; and, consideration of the Federal Energy Policy Act of 2005 regarding Fuel sources and Fossil Fuel Generation Efficiency, Time Based Metering, Demand Response and Interconnection Service.

As Chairman, Mark David acted as the agency’s Chief Executive Officer where he supervised 125 employees and a multi-million dollar budget. A leading Wall Street firm ranked the Kentucky Public Service Commission the second best public utility commission of the 50 state utility commissions in the United States for 2006 – 2007. Mark David also served as Chairman of the Kentucky Board on Electronic Generation and Transmission Siting, which is responsible for the siting of all merchant electric generation and transmission facilities in Kentucky.

In addition to his responsibilities as Chairman of the Kentucky Public Service Commission, Mark David was formerly a member of the National Coal Council and is currently a member of the Energy Bar Association. He has also been a member of the Advanced Coal Technology Work Group established by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) Electric Committee. Mark David was a past Chairman of the NARUC Subcommittee on Clean Coal and Carbon Capture Technology and a member of the Boards of NARUC, Organization of MISO States and Organization of PJM States.



Experience in Private Practice


Mark David began his legal career in a practice with his father, Gene Goss, at Goss and Goss in Harlan Kentucky. Working in this capacity, Mark David gained a keen appreciation of the issues affecting businesses of all sizes. Most recently, Mark David was a partner in one of Kentucky’s largest law firms where he practiced corporate and administrative law, concentrating on regulatory and business issues affecting electric, natural gas and water utilities. Mark David has successfully resolved, by trial and otherwise, hundreds of civil cases before administrative agencies and courts in both the federal and state judicial systems. He serves as the retained General Counsel for one of Kentucky’s largest electric distribution cooperatives.

The depth and breadth of Mark David’s legal experience since the formation of Goss Samford has been significant. He has represented both regulated and unregulated utilities and energy developers in many complex cases involving merger/consolidation approvals, Certificates of Public Convenience and Necessity for construction of new, purchase of third-party owned and improvements to legacy electric generating facilities. This work has required extensive collaboration with consultants from all over the United States on difficult engineering, finance and environmental matters.

Mark David has also acted as lead counsel in scores of general rate adjustment proceedings, requests for approval of both new and restructured capital financing packages and recovery of fuel, environmental and commodity costs for electric, natural gas and water utilities having a cumulative value in the billions of dollars.

He also has vast experience in the negotiation, drafting and review of commercial power contracts for both regulated and unregulated companies, as well as in board governance and corporate compliance matters.

Mark David is active in his community, having previously served as President and CEO of a community bank and a member of the Harlan County Industrial Development Commission, as well as other organizations. He currently serves on the Board of Monticello Banking Company, Inc. He is frequently requested to speak on energy and business issues.

Mark David is a 1982 graduate of Transylvania University and a 1985 graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Law. He is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court, the United States Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit, the U.S. District Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of Kentucky and all courts in the Commonwealth of Kentucky.





"Mr. Goss is an outstanding lawyer."
– Rural Electric Distribution Cooperative Attorney

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– Industry Association Executive Director