Wyoming Public Service Commission

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Wyoming Public Service Commission
General information
Office Type:  Nonpartisan
Office website:  Official Link
2013-2014 FY Budget:  $15,680,487
Total Seats:  3
Term limits:  None
Structure
Length of term:   6 years
Authority:  Wyoming Code, Title 37, Chapter 2, Article 1
Leadership:  Alan Minier
Selection Method:  Appointed by Governor
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The Wyoming Public Service Commission is a three person executive board in the Wyoming state government. The commission is responsible for regulating the state's public utilities.[1]

Current officeholder

The current chairman is Alan Minier. He serves alongside Kara Brighton and Bill Russell.[2]

Authority

The public service commission's statutory authority is established by Title 37, Chapter 2, Article 1 of the Wyoming Code.

§ 37-2-101:

(a) There is created a commission separate from the state board of equalization to which it has been joined which is known as the “public service commission of Wyoming”. The commission shall consist of three (3) members appointed by the governor, by and with the advice and consent of the senate. Not more than two (2) members of the commission shall at any time be members of the same political party. Each member of the commission shall receive an annual salary as provided by law, to be paid in equal monthly installments in the same manner that other state salaries are paid.

Qualifications

There are no specific qualifications for this office.

Appointments

Wyoming state government organizational chart

All three public service commissioners are appointed by the governor, by and with the advice and consent of the senate, to staggered, six-year terms. No more than two members can be members of the same political party. The commissioners elect, among themselves, a chairman and deputy chairman every two years.[3]

Vacancies

Title 37, Chapter 2, Article 1 of the Wyoming Code details how vacancies in the office are filled. In the event of a vacancy for any reason, the governor shall fill the vacancy in accordance with Wyoming Statute § 28-12-101.

The governor appoints a successor, with the advice and consent of the state senate. In the event that the legislature is not in session when the position becomes vacant, the governor may fill the seat by temporary appointment to be effective until March 1 of the ensuing calendar year.[4]

Duties

The primary duty of the public service commission is to regulate the rates and service provision of electricity, natural gas, and telephone utilities. The commission is responsible for ensuring safe, adequate and reliable service at fair rates. Additional duties include:

  • certifying utility service territory
  • resolving complaints lodged against utilities
  • authorizing major utility construction projects
  • manage utility mergers and reorganizations
  • administering the Wyoming Universal Service Fund
  • representing the interests of Wyoming in regulatory issues on both regional and national organizations
  • arbitrating disputes between parties[1]

The commission does NOT regulate the following utilities:

  • municipal water systems
  • municipal gas and electric utilities
  • interstate utility companies
  • cable television companies
  • wholesale entities like generation and transmission cooperatives who do not sell directly to the public[1]

Divisions

There are three divisions within the public service commission:

  • Administration
  • Office of Consumer Advocate
  • Wyoming Universal Service Fund[5]

The staff of the public service commission include accountants, attorneys, economists, engineers, rate analysts, and support staff.[1]

State budget

See also: Wyoming state budget and finances

The budget for the Public Service Commission in Fiscal Year 2013-2014 is $15,680,487.[6]

Compensation

2014

In 2014, each commissioner received a salary of $120,340, according to the Council of State Governments.[7]

2013

In 2013, the Wyoming Public Service Commissioners were each paid an estimated $115,711.[8]

2010

In 2010, the Wyoming Public Service Commissioners were each paid an estimated $115,712 according to the Council of State Governments.[9]

Historical officeholders

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State profile

Wyoming's population in 2014 was 584,153.

Wyoming's population in 2014 was 584,153 according to the United States Census Bureau. This estimate represented a 3.6 percent change from the bureau's 2010 estimate. The state's population per square mile was 5.8 in 2010, trailing the national average of 87.4. Wyoming experienced a 2.8 percent increase in total employment from 2011 to 2012 based on census data, exceeding a 2.2 percent increase at the national level during the same period.[10]

Demographics

Wyoming fell below the national average for residents who attained at least bachelor's degrees based on census data from 2009 to 2013. The United States Census Bureau found that 24.7 percent of Wyoming residents aged 25 years and older attained bachelor's degrees compared to 28.8 percent at the national level. The median household income in Wyoming was $57,406 between 2009 and 2013 compared to a $53,046 national median income. Census information showed a 10.9 percent poverty rate in Wyoming during the study period compared to a 14.5 percent national poverty rate.[10]

Racial Demographics, 2013[10]
Race Wyoming (%) United States (%)
White 92.7 77.7
Black or African American 1.7 13.2
American Indian and Alaska Native 2.6 1.2
Asian 0.9 5.3
Two or More Races 1.9 2.4
Hispanic or Latino 9.7 17.1

Presidential Voting Pattern, 2000-2012[11][12]
Year Democratic vote in Wyoming (%) Republican vote in Wyoming (%) Democratic vote in U.S. (%) Republican vote in U.S. (%)
2012 27.6 68.2 51.1 47.2
2008 32.4 64.4 52.9 45.7
2004 28.8 68.2 48.3 50.7
2000 27.3 66.7 48.4 47.9

Note: The United States Census Bureau considers "Hispanic or Latino" to be a place of origin rather than a race. Citizens may report both their race and their place of origin, and as a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table may exceed 100 percent.[13][14]

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Contact information

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Wyoming Public Service Commission
Hansen Building
2515 Warren Avenue, Suite 300
Cheyenne, WY 82002

Phone: 307-777-7427
Fax: 307-777-5700
E-mail: Wyoming PSC

See also

External links

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References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Wyoming Public Service Commission, "About us," accessed August 17, 2011
  2. Wyoming Public Service Commission, " Commissioners," accessed March 12, 2013
  3. Wyoming Code, "Title 37, Chapter 2, Article 1," accessed August 25, 2011
  4. '"Wyoming Code, Title 28, Chapter 12, Article 1," accessed August 24, 2011
  5. Wyoming Public Service Commission, "2010 Annual Report" (page 2), accessed August 25, 2011
  6. Wyoming Department of Administration and Information, "Department Budget Summary Public Service Commission 2013-2014," accessed April 2, 2013
  7. Council of State Governments, "SELECTED STATE ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICIALS: ANNUAL SALARIES," accessed December 8, 2014
  8. Council of State Governments, Table 4.11 Selected State Administrative Officials: Annual Salaries," accessed January 31, 2014
  9. The Council of State Governments, "The Book of States 2010 Table 4.11," accessed May 14, 2011
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 United States Census Bureau, "QuickFacts Beta," accessed April 3, 2015
  11. Wyoming Secretary of State, "Wyoming Election Results," accessed April 3, 2015
  12. The American Presidency Project, "Presidential Elections Data," accessed April 3, 2015
  13. United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
  14. Each column will add up to 100 percent after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages, although rounding by the Census Bureau may make the total one- or two-tenths off from being exactly 100 percent. This Ballotpedia page provides a more detailed explanation of how the Census Bureau handles race and ethnicity in its surveys.