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Utah Public Service Commission

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Utah Public Service Commission
General information
Office Type:  Non-partisan
Office website:  Official Link
2013 FY Budget:  $11,349,600
Total Seats:  3
Term limits:  None
Structure
Length of term:   6 years
Authority:  Public Utilities Act of 1917
Leadership:  Ron Allen
Selection Method:  Appointed by Governor
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The Utah Public Service Commission is an appointed executive board in the Utah state government. The commission is primarily responsible for ensuring safe, reliable, adequate and reasonably priced utility service.

Current officeholder

The current chairman is Ron Allen. He serves alongside David Clark and Thad LeVar.

Authority

In 1917, the Utah State Legislature passed the Public Utilities Act of 1917 which created the Public Utilities Commission of Utah - the precursor to the Public Service Commission.[1]

Qualifications

Title 54, Chapter 1[2] of the Utah code establishes the qualifications of the office:

Each commissioner at the time of appointment and qualification shall be a resident citizen of the United States and of the state of Utah and shall be not less than 30 years of age. Except as provided by law, no commissioner may hold any other office either under the government of the United States or of this state or of any municipal corporation within this state.
  • a resident citizen of the United States
  • a resident citizen of Utah
  • not less than 30 years old
  • not holding any other government office

Appointments

Title 54, Chapter 1, Part 1.5 of the Utah code outlines the appointments of the commissioners. Each of the three commissioner is appointed by the governor with the advice and consent of the state senate. The commissioners are appointed to staggered six-year terms, with one commissioner appointed on March 1 of each odd-numbered year. Not more than two members of the commission shall belong to the same political party.[2]

Vacancies

In the event of a vacancy on the commission, the governor fills the unexpired term by appointment, and may choose to re-appoint the successor to a full term when the former officeholder's original term expires.[2]

Click here to view a larger-scale image of the Utah PSC Organizational Chart as of June 30, 2010.

Duties

The commission is responsible for ensuring safe, reliable, adequate, and reasonably priced utilities. It investigates and holds hearings in order to hold utility companies accountable and to protect the public from unfair practices.[3]

Divisions

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State budget

The budget for the Public Service Commission in Fiscal Year 2013 was $11,349,600.[4]

Compensation

See also: Compensation of state executive officers

2013

In 2013, the Utah Public Service Commissioners were each paid an estimated $105,439. This figure comes from the Council of State Governments.[5]

2012

In 2012, the Utah Public Service Commissioners were each paid an estimated $104,395. This figure comes from the Council of State Governments.

Historical officeholders

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Contact information

Utah Public Service Commission
Heber M. Wells Building
160 East 300 South
Salt Lake City, UT 84114

Phone: (801) 530-6716
Fax: (801) 530-6796
E-mail: psc.utah.gov

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