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Wyoming Public Service Commission

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Wyoming Public Service Commission
General information
Office Type:  Non-partisan
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

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

Compensation

2013

In 2013, the Wyoming Public Service Commissioners were each paid an estimated $115,711.[7]

2010

In 2010, the Wyoming Public Service Commissioners were each paid an estimated $115,712 according to the Council of State Governments.[8]

Historical officeholders

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Contact information

Wyoming

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

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