Vice President, Regulatory and Government Affairs, Essential Utilities
Kimberly Joyce is vice president, regulatory and government affairs for Essential Utilities, Inc. (NYSE: WTRG), one of the largest publicly traded water, wastewater and natural gas providers in the U.S., serving approximately 5 million people across 10 states.
Joyce works closely with the operations team across the business to align and integrate the organization's regulatory and legislative strategy. As regulatory counsel for the Company, she oversees and manages regulatory filings including base rate cases, acquisition applications, and the implementation of state and federal legislative and regulatory policy at the public utility commissions for Essential’s businesses. She is responsible for maintaining awareness and providing advocacy on governmental and legislative issues that impact the Company. In addition, Joyce is proud to lead the Company’s volunteer and corporate giving initiatives.
Joyce successfully led the multi-state regulatory approval process for the acquisition of natural gas distribution company Peoples and well as the implementation of the newly enacted fair market valuation legislation for water and wastewater acquisitions now available in seven of the Company’s states. Joyce has overseen the Company’s rates work since 2007, ensuring prudent recovery of infrastructure investment throughout the Company’s footprint for all of its base rate proceedings. In addition, Joyce is responsible for the Company’s regulatory strategy, which now includes the ability to request accelerated infrastructure recovery mechanisms in all of its states providing water and wastewater service.
Prior to her current role, Joyce had similar responsibilities for the Company, where she has worked for more than 13 years. An attorney, Joyce spent five years with the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) before joining the Company. She previously clerked for Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court President Judge James Gardner Colins and worked for Baker & Botts, LLP in their Washington, D.C. energy and natural resources office.
Education and Professional Memberships
Joyce earned her B.A. in economics and M.B.A. at Villanova University and her J.D. at the University of Pittsburgh. Joyce serves on the board of the Economy League of Greater Philadelphia. She is licensed to practice law in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.