Massachusetts Public Utilities Commission
|Massachusetts Public Utilities Commission|
|Office website:||Official Link|
|Length of term:||Two are appointed for a term coterminous with that of the governor, and one is appointed for a term of 4 years|
|Authority:||Part I, Title II, Chapter 25, Section 2 of the General Laws of Massachusetts|
|Selection Method:||Appointed by the Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs|
|Other Massachusetts Executive Offices|
|Governor • Lieutenant Governor • Secretary of State • Attorney General • Treasurer • Auditor • Secretary of Education • Agriculture Commissioner • Insurance Commissioner • Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs • Secretary of Labor and Workforce Development • Public Utilities Commission|
The Commission supervises and controls the Department of Public Utilities.
The Public Utilities Commission is established by Part I, Title II, Chapter 25, Section 2 of the General Laws of Massachusetts:
|The department shall be under the supervision and control of the commonwealth utilities commission, in this chapter called the commission, which shall consist of 3 members...|
There are no specific qualifications for this office, although the General Laws of Massachusetts state that all members of the public utilities commission are required to have a "background or expertise in electricity or natural gas matters."
In accordance with Part I, Title II, Chapter 25, Section 2 of the General Laws of Massachusetts, all three members are appointed by the Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs. Two are appointed for a term coterminous with that of the governor, and one is appointed for a term of 4 years.
The Secretary designates one commissioner to serve as chairman for a period of two years, with the possibility of reappointment, subject to the approval of the governor.
Commissioners serve at the pleasure of the secretary of energy and environmental affairs and the sitting governor, and can be reappointed for unlimited number of terms.
Department of Public Utilities
One South Station
Boston, MA 02110
- ↑ Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, "Department of Public Utilities," accessed September 24, 2011
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 The Commonwealth of Massachusetts, "General Laws," accessed October 16, 2012
- ↑ The Council of State Governments,"The Book of States 2010 Table 4.11," retrieved June 25, 2011