New Hampshire Public Utilities Commission
|New Hampshire Public Utilities Commission|
|Office website:||Official Link|
|2013 FY Budget:||$26,732,515|
|Length of term:||6 years|
|Authority:||New Hampshire Statutes, Title XXXIV, Chapter 363, Section 363:1|
|Selection Method:||Appointed by Governor|
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|Governor • Secretary of State • Attorney General • Treasurer • Commissioner of Education • Agriculture Commissioner • Insurance Commissioner • Labor Commissioner • Director of Fish & Game • Public Utilities Commission|
The commission chair has been vacant since Amy L. Ignatius resigned from the position on October 29, 2014, to accept nomination as a New Hampshire Superior Court judge. Former assistant attorney general Martin Honigberg was nominated by Governor of New Hampshire Maggie Hassan to replace former commissioner Michael D. Harrington. The nomination was confirmed by the executive council on December 4, 2013. The organization also includes commissioner Robert R. Scott.
Per Title XXXIV, Chapter 363, Section 363:1 of the New Hampshire Statutes:
There shall be a public utilities commission, composed of 3 commissioners who shall be full-time employees and who shall engage in no other gainful employment during their terms as members.
The three-member commission must include one attorney and member of the New Hampshire Bar and one with background or experience in engineering, economics, accounting or finance. Additionally, commissioners cannot be employed by or have any pecuniary interest in any public utility, or affiliates, in the state.
Per Title XXXIV, Chapter 363, Section 363:1 and Title XXXIV, Chapter 363, Section 363:3 of the New Hampshire Statutes, the governor, with the advice and consent of the council, appoints one commissioner every odd numbered year to take office on July 1 of that year. Commissioners serve six-year terms.
Per Title XXXIV, Chapter 363, Section 363:3 of the New Hampshire Statutes, the governor, vacancies for unexpired terms are filled by the governor with the advice and consent of the council, in the same manner as regular appointments.
The commissioners are charged with general jurisdiction over electric, telecommunications, natural gas, water and sewer utilities. Their stated mission is "to ensure that customers of regulated utilities receive safe, adequate and reliable service at just and reasonable rates."
The Public Utilities Commission are divided into the following divisions:
- Legal Division
- Administration Division
- Consumer Affairs Division
- Safety Division
- Electric Division
- Telecommunications Division
- Gas and Water Division
- Audit Division
- Sustainable Energy Division
The budget for the Public Utilities Commission in Fiscal Year 2013 was $26,732,515.
- See also: Compensation of state executive officers
In 2013, each commissioner's salary remained at $110,036.
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21 South Fruit Street, Suite 10
Concord, N.H. 03301-2429
Phone: (603) 271-2431
Fax: (603) 271-3878
TDD Access - Relay NH: 1-800-735-2964
Consumer Assistance: 1-800-852-3793
- Public Services Commissioner
- Commissioners Martin Honigberg and Robert R. Scott
- Energy policy in New Hampshire
- Governor of New Hampshire, "Governor Hassan to Nominate Two Judges to the Superior Court, One to the Circuit Court," September 16, 2014
- NECN, Hearings set on NH judicial nominations, December 1, 2013 (dead link)
- New Hampshire Statutes, "363:1 Commission; Term," accessed December 26, 2012
- New Hampshire Statutes, "363:5 Disqualification," accessed March 21, 2013
- New Hampshire Statutes, "363:3 Appointment," accessed December 26, 2012
- New Hampshire Public Utilities Commission, "About us," accessed October 16, 2011
- New Hampshire Public Service Commission, "About Us" accessed September 5, 2012
- New Hampshire General Court, "FY 2012-2013 Appropriations Act," accessed April 16, 2013
- Council of State Governments, "SELECTED STATE ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICIALS: ANNUAL SALARIES," accessed December 3, 2014
- Council of State Governments, Table 4.11 Selected State Administrative Officials: Annual Salaries, accessed January 31, 2014